Gary Neville warns Man United star he must step up against Chelsea FC
Gary Neville believes that Romelu Lukaku has a lot to prove in a Man United shirt ahead of Chelsea FC's visit to Old Trafford
Gary Neville believes that Romelu Lukaku has a lot to prove in a Manchester United shirt ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Chelsea FC at Old Trafford.
The Belgian striker has been settling into life at Old Trafford after having signed for Jose Mourinho’s side from Everton in the summer transfer window last year.
The 24-year-old has made a decent start to life in a Manchester United shirt, scoring 20 goals so far this season for the Red Devils.
However, the striker continues to attract criticism for his apparent failure to perform for Manchester United in the big games.
Former Manchester United defender Neville clearly wants to see Lukaku step his game up at Old Trafford and has suggested that resting the striker for a few games might do him good.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: “My views at the moment is that the one person who is under some pressure is Romelu Lukaku, in terms of his form, and also that Alexis Sanchez could go up front, because I’m not sure he’s suited to the right. That may allow Marcus Rashford to come back into the team.
“I think Lukaku has done well this season, but I think there comes a point whereby if both he and Alexis Sanchez are not performing to their best, which they are not at the moment, you’d think Sanchez will be moved up top and Lukaku may come out of the team for a few matches.
“It’s not because he’s a bad player, but he could come out of the team, freshen up, see the game differently, and then come back in when others have had a go.”
Manchester United are preparing to host Chelsea FC as they look to try and keep their Premier League bid on track.
Mourinho is aiming to try and steer the Red Devils to a top-four finish in his second season in charge at Old Trafford.
Chelsea FC, meanwhile, head into the game looking to also cement their place in the top four as they search for Champions League qualification in Antonio Conte’s second campaign in charge.