Paul Merson: Why I feel sorry for Man United summer signing

The Arsenal legend believes Man United don't do enough to support Romelu Lukaku in big games

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku Photo: Romelu Lukaku/Instagram

Paul Merson has admitted that he feels sorry for Manchester United summer signing Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgium international moved to the Red Devils in a £75m transfer from their Premier League rivals Everton in the summer transfer window.

Lukaku opted to reunite with his former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford ahead of a return to Stamford Bridge.

The 24-year-old’s record scoring against the big clubs was highlighted upon the completion of his summer transfer.

However, the Manchester United number nine wasted no time silencing his critics with seven goals in seven games in the Premier League.

Lukaku netted three times in two fixtures in the Champions League to hit the ground running despite concerns about his ability to adjust to a top club.

But the former Anderlecht striker has failed to score in his last five games having drawn a blank against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Lukaku will return to Stamford Bridge this weekend for the first time since snubbing a move to Chelsea in favour of Manchester United.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson admits he feels sorry for Lukaku given his impressive start to life at Old Trafford but recent criticism of the striker.

“I don’t half feel sorry for Lukaku,” Merson told The Debate on Sky Sports.

“We say he doesn’t score against the big boys. He has gone to a big club and every time he plays a big team, he’s up front on his own.”

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