What does he need to do to recover?L
et’s be clear, Lukaku is not in some sort of personal crisis. He is still impacting matches, as he proved with his assist for Anthony Martial’s goal against Tottenham, but he has had half as many touches in the penalty area in the past six matches as he did in his first 10 and has, at times, looked too isolated. That is also a support issue. With Mkhitaryan poor of late, would Lukaku not benefit from having the pace and penetration of Martial and Marcus Rashford playing either side of him, especially with Pogba sidelined? A goal against former club Chelsea, who wanted to re-sign him this summer, would do his confidence no harm, not least given his reputation for being ineffective in big games.
Is his place in the team secure?Mourinho has already described Lukaku as “untouchable” and made it clear that, at least until Zlatan Ibrahimovic is available again, the Belgian will not be rested. Lukaku might benefit from the extra competition for his place Ibrahimovic’s return will provide although neither are likely to settle for a place on the substitutes’ bench. Mourinho has so far resisted the temptation to play Rashford and Martial in tandem together but it would pose a different threat up front and add a lot more pace than United currently have. James Ducker