Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku managed to get himself on the scoresheet for Manchester United vs Derby in the FA Cup despite only coming on as a substitute in the second half.
The Red Devils overcame the stubborn Championship side 2-0 at Old Trafford to advance into the next round of England’s most prestigious cup competition.
Lukaku helped make things comfortable for United after Jesse Lingard the opener in the dying embers of the open-ended match.
With the former Everton forward often criticised this season by pundits and rival fans alike, his influence on the pitch couldn’t have been underestimated.
Coming on for an incredibly poor Henrikh Mkhitaryan at half time, fans were pleased and eager to see Romelu lead the team to glory.
Thank God Lukaku didn't Alvaro that chance.
— kenna (@kennagq) January 5, 2018
Good to see Lukaku on the scoresheet again. That takes his tally to 16 goals in 31 appearances. Very good if you ask me.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) January 5, 2018
That is brilliant from Lukaku. Kills the ball inside his own half, holds off the defender, turns, runs forward, slips it into Martial, gets it back and bangs it in. Brilliant forward play. #mufc
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) January 5, 2018
Romelu Lukaku has had a relatively good debut season at Manchester United when all things are considered, yet he often finds himself to be the club’s scapegoat when things go wrong.
Fans want to see more from the Belgian international but it may be expecting too much from a man who’s just made the step up from one of the Premier League’s so-called smaller clubs.
Either way, there’s no doubt of his quality and it wouldn’t or shouldn’t surprise anyone if he steps it up a notch once he becomes accustomed to leading the line for the Red Devils.
It’s logical to see the club’s striker match the performances of his team, scoring when his colleagues play well and struggling when his teammates fail to provide service but if Lukaku wishes to truly become a world-class striker, he’ll perform regardless of the conditions around him.