Jamie Carragher has hailed Romelu Lukaku’s performance against Chelsea in a fantastic 2-1 win for Manchester United.
The Belgian was superb, and not only with his first half equaliser after Willian had put the visitors in front following a collection of errors from Man United.
Lukaku’s hold-up play wasn’t always on the money, but was particularly important in the latter stages of the game, preventing Chelsea from continually pounding United’s box with crosses and, more notably, creating a chance out of nothing for Jesse Lingard to score the winner after coming off the bench.
Carragher suggested that Lukaku will feel the effect of Sunday’s win more than his teammates.
“Listen, it’s a big result for Man United but it feels like an even bigger game for Romelu Lukaku really today,” Carragher said on Sky Sports after the game.
“[Against] a former club, being questioned all season and rightly so, [even though] sometimes [it’s been] a little bit harsh.
“It’s not just the goal, it’s who it’s come against.”
Carragher was full of praise for Lukaku, but conceded that one goal in a big game doesn’t take away the 24-year-old’s reputation of struggling against top opposition. More must be done, still.
“Will that criticism ever go away? He’s got to consistently score in big games. I’m not saying it’s easy.
“Psychologically, you could see how unhappy he was [talking about] goals against the big six.
“But also what he does for the winning goal. A lot of time watching Lukaku, I felt he’s just a goalscorer, there’s not too much more to his play, he’s not great at holding up sometimes, he doesn’t work the channels, but this just answers me and answers all his critics.”
Lukaku’s work for the second goal fantastic, and he showed his strength in the latter stages with United looking to see out the result.