Gary Neville: Romelu Lukaku had no influence on Liverpool game

by Marwan Harraz

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville was disappointed with Romelu Lukaku after his performance against Liverpool.

The Red Devils succumbed to a goalless draw at Anfield and Lukaku was guilty of missing a good chance to give his team the three points needed to keep up with Manchester City.

United put in their worst display of the season, appearing sluggish and sloppy after the recent international break that had most of their stars away on duty.

Romelu was one of the players who featured for his country despite recovering from an injury and although he scored then, he couldn’t be on the score-sheet for his club.

Tasked with chasing aimless through balls and pressuring Liverpool’s defenders, the powerful striker cut a frustrated figure for much of the game.

Neville was quoted in the Manchester Evening News as saying: “I was disappointed with Lukaku. But it’s a tough place [Anfield] to come, it’s a really tough place to come.

“It looked like he was distracted in the first half, he wasn’t himself, he was frustrated. He really didn’t get any impact in the game, no influence.

“It’s the big matches that will define him as a Manchester United striker, not the matches where he sort of bullies teams.

“He’s a Manchester United centre-forward, there are high expectations of what you’ve got to do in games, big games, win games.

“He’s done that already this season and he’s taken all the praise, he’s had a brilliant start to his Manchester United career.

“But, on a game like today, that’s a game where you really are judged. I didn’t think his influence was good enough.”

Gary and the rest of United’s fanbase will be hoping that it was just one of the left-footed forward’s off-days.

The Red Devils are yet to face off against the rest of the traditional top-six clubs in England will need their star striker to find his form against the league’s best.

With the club aiming for a title challenge this season and having brushed aside smaller opposition more often than last season, the results against top teams will likely define United’s ambitions.

Lukaku hardly had a touch of the ball against Liverpool, often isolated by his teammates and left to fend for himself.

He will surely face better days but Mourinho may worry a little at the lack of impact from his star signing.

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