Mark Lawrenson sends warning about Romelu Lukaku ahead of Chelsea FC v Man United
The Liverpool FC legend believes Romelu Lukaku could struggle in Manchester United's FA Cup clash against Chelsea FC at Wembley on Saturday afternoon
Mark Lawrenson believes Romelu Lukaku will struggle in Manchester United’s FA Cup final clash against Chelsea FC at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.
The Belgium international has been sidelined since 29 April when Lukaku suffered an injury setback in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old has scored 16 goals and has made seven assists in 34 games in the Premier League after a £75m move to Manchester United from Everton last summer.
Lukaku will be desperate to feature against his former employers in the FA Cup showpiece as the summer signing looks to win his first trophy at the 20-time English champions.
The Belgian forward has been out of action in the past 18 days to raise concerns about his fitness ahead of the FA Cup showpiece.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson believes the Manchester United striker will struggle against Chelsea in his final domestic game of the 2017-18 season.
“I presume Romelu Lukaku will start up front for United but he has not played since he came off injured against Arsenal at the end of April,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“At his best he is a key player for United, I think he will enjoy playing against Chelsea’s three centre-halves and will cause them problems if so.
“But he will not have played for 20 days by the time the game kicks off and I think that will affect his performance.
“Big strikers like Lukaku need to be playing every week otherwise they lose their sharpness, which will be very important against the Chelsea defence.”
Lukaku scored six goals and made two assists in his final 10 appearances in all competitions to find form at the end of the campaign.
Chelsea FC haven’t won the FA Cup since 2012 when the Blues beat Liverpool FC before winning the Champions League.