Alan Shearer rubbishes Jose Mourinho claim about Man United striker

The Newcastle legend doesn't believe Romelu Lukaku's absence can be an excuse for Man United's 1-0 loss Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final at Wembley

Man United striker Romelu Lukaku Photo: Romelu Lukaku/Instagram

Alan Shearer doesn’t believe Jose Mourinho is right to use Romelu Lukaku’s fitness problems as an excuse for Manchester United’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final at the weekend.

The Belgium international has been sidelined with an injury problem since a 2-1 win against Arsenal in the Premier League at Old Trafford at the end of April.

Lukaku, though, was named on the bench for the FA Cup final after the striker reportedly informed Mourinho that he felt comfortable playing 30 minutes of the FA Cup showpiece ahead of the World Cup this summer.

Chelsea FC star Eden Hazard broke the deadlock in the first half from the penalty spot after Manchester United defender Phil Jones brought down the Belgium forward inside David De Gea’s area.

Lukaku came off the bench in the second half but the former Everton striker was unable to have an influence on the game despite scoring 26 goals and making seven assists in 55 games in all competitions this season.

Former Newcastle striker Shearer doesn’t believe Mourinho can use Lukaku’s fitness problems as a crutch following their FA Cup disappointment.

“Romelu Lukaku was only fit enough to come on as a substitute with 20 minutes left and, in his absence, Mourinho felt his side lacked a presence in attack,” Shearer told BBC Sport.

“I don’t see that as an excuse. They still had plenty of options up front with Alexis Sanchez and Marcus Rashford, as well as Anthony Martial on the bench.”

Manchester United finished in second place in the Premier League table in the 2017-18 season.

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