Jamie Carragher praises Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku for big game performances

Jamie Carragher praises Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku for big game performances

Pundit Jamie Carragher has praised Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku for his performances in the wins over Chelsea and Liverpool.

Jose Mourinho’s men have been in fine form of late, completing a comeback win vs the Blues before doing it once more against Crystal Palace and then defeating the Reds in convincing fashion.

Against Antonio Conte’s men, United fell behind due to Willian’s effort but equalised before the break through Lukaku.

The Belgian then set Jesse Lingard up for the winner in the second half in dramatic fashion and against Jurgen Klopp’s players he assisted Marcus Rashford for one of his two goals that helped defeat them 2-1.

Carragher believes Romelu’s big game performances of late will certainly give him confidence as well as allow him to learn how to perform as a top side’s centre-forward.

According to 101 Great Goals, Jamie said to Sky Sports: “He’s [Lukaku] always been questioned in the big games about getting goals. I think the Chelsea game and today, he’s been outstanding in both games.

“He wasn’t involved so much in the second half but his involvement in the two goals today, and the ones he created and scored against Chelsea.

“He had to prove he could deliver in big games. Up until these last few weeks he hadn’t, even though he had plenty of goals.

“But I think that will go a long way in terms of pushing Lukaku to the forefront in terms of how they think a Manchester United centre-forward should perform.”

The striker was certainly in top form in both matches, proving to be instrumental in his side’s wins over the two teams.

Romelu Lukaku is doing everything he can to dispel the myth of him disappearing during big matches and it appears those remarks have actually fired him up.

Still only 24, there’s plenty of room for him to develop even more and continue dominating opposition defenders in the way he did recently.

Lukaku isn’t only important to the Red Devils due to him being their main goalscoring threat but also due to how crucial he is in Mourinho’s tactical setups.

Everything goes through the former Everton man and so it’s crucial he wins his battles in order to help the rest of his team do so as well.

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