Romelu Lukaku paid the price for Man United tactics, claims ex-manager

Tim Sherwood believes Manchester United's negative tactics hampered summer signing Romelu Lukaku

Man United striker Romelu Lukaku Photo: The Sport Review

Romelu Lukaku has paid the price for Manchester United’s negative tactics over the past month or so, according to Tim Sherwood.

The Belgium international moved to Manchester United in a £75m deal from Premier League rivals Everton in the summer transfer window.

Lukaku opted to move to the Red Devils despite the chance to return to his former club Chelsea.

The 24-year-old hit the ground running with an impressive return of seven goals in seven Premier League games, while Lukaku netted three times in two Champions League fixtures.

Lukaku, though, failed to score in his last six games in all competitions before the international break, including games against Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester United had only managed to collect four points from their last four Premier League ahead of the visit of Newcastle United at the weekend.

However, Pogba’s return for the Magpies clash helped Manchester United to secure a 4-1 win and Lukaku found the net for the first time in seven games.

Former Spurs boss Sherwood suggested that Lukaku has ultimately suffered as a result of Manchester United’s tentative attacking performances.

“Since the Liverpool game, Man United have gone into their shell. Lukaku has paid the price,” Sherwood told Sky Sports.

Manchester United finished in sixth place in the Premier League table last term.

The Red Devils won the League Cup and the Europa League last season.

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