Belgium footballer Romelu Lukaku reportedly raged at his Manchester United teammates following last weekend’s 1-0 Premier League defeat at the hands of Chelsea. The 24-year-old failed to score for the Red Devils for a seventh game on the trot with little service from the players behind them.
Lukaku ended the match without a single touch in the Chelsea box, and he made his feelings clear in the dressing room following the game. The defeat was only United’s second of the Premier League campaign after Morata popped up with a brilliant header to secure three points for Antonio Conte’s men.
Shortly after the loss, Mourinho was questioned whether Lukaku’s form was a concern for which he insisted that he is happy with the striker’s desire and attitude on the field, he said: “I’m not reading stats, I’m reading the game,’ the United manager said. From the bench, it’s a different perspective, not mathematical. I’m happy with his methods, his attitude and his desire. He had a chance with a good shot which the goalkeeper saved. He gave space in the last part of the game, created spaces for [Anthony] Martial and [Marcus] Rashford. I’m happy and I don’t want to look at the stats.”
The Red Devils are currently eight points behind table-toppers Manchester City, who have already passed their preliminary challenge for the title with comfortable wins over Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. In contrast, Jose Mourinho’s defensive tactics against big clubs on the road does not seem to work, and the Portuguese needs to change his tactics sooner rather than later in order to keep up in the title race.
Mourinho’s side have winnable games versus the likes of Newcastle United, Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford before they face another trickery away test against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. The Gunners have had a dismal record on the road this term, but they still possess a 100 percent record on their home turf.