Manchester United legend Andy Cole has stated that Romelu Lukaku should start the FA Cup final even if he’s not fully fit and has been impressed with the season he’s had.
The Belgian international picked up a knock when his side beat Arsenal at Old Trafford and has been racing to recover ever since.
United take on Chelsea in their final fixture of the season in the hopes of getting their hands on the only trophy left available to them.
Lukaku is included in the squad that travelled to London but there’s still a chance he won’t manage to start the highly anticipated clash.
Cole though believes even if the former Everton man isn’t fit, he’s too talismanic to leave out of the line-up and so should play through the pain.
According to the Daily Star, Andy said to the club’s official website: “I’ve watched him all season, like everybody else. I think he looks fantastic.
“To get the goals he’s got this season, in a team that doesn’t create loads of chances for him, he’s done brilliantly and really well considering it’s his first season at Old Trafford.
“It’s not nice when you’ve got that little bit of rhythm and pick up an injury. You know you’ve got a massive game coming up and are a bit touch and go or whatever.
“So it may be difficult for him but, hopefully, he’ll be passed fit and do the best he can. It’s not every year you’re going to get to the FA Cup final. There are no doubts that, if he’s even 90, 80 or 70 per cent fit, he’ll give it a go.”
There have been reports coming out that Romelu will actually play through the pain barrier and it’s not the first time a footballer has taken injections in order to do so.
The truth is that there is too much on the line for the Red Devils to feature without their key star and so there’s little doubt he won’t start.
Hopefully Lukaku can still put in a decent enough performance and those supporting him can help pick up the weight a little more than usual.