BT Sport pundit claims 26-year-old could’ve fired Man United to win at Southampton

BT Sport pundit Joe Cole says Romelu Lukaku would have fired Man United to a win at Southampton last weekend

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
BT Sport pundit Joe Cole (Photo: BT Sport)
BT Sport pundit Joe Cole (Photo: BT Sport)

Romelu Lukaku would have fired Manchester United to victory at Southampton if the Belgian striker was still a Red Devils player, according to BT Sport pundit Joe Cole.

Manchester United were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s in the Premier League last weekend as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost more ground on the top four.

Summer signing Daniel James broke the deadlock for the visitors at St Mary’s before Danish defender Jannik Vestergaard levelled for Southampton in the second half.

Manchester United registered 21 shots on Southampton’s goal but neither Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial nor James could find a winner for the visitors.

Lukaku, 26, moved to Inter Milan from Manchester United last month after he was deemed surplus to requirements at the 20-time English champions.

Former Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC midfielder Cole believes Manchester United felt Lukaku’s absence in the 1-1 stalemate at Southampton last weekend.

“[It was] disappointing I think for the quality from wide areas from the Manchester United players, particularly in the last 15 minutes of the game,” Cole told BT Sport.

“I even mentioned the fact that even Lukaku would have been sitting there thinking he would have got on the end of a few of them. But it wasn’t meant to be.

“Credit to Ralph [Hasenhuttl] and credit to the Southampton team and his staff.

“But I just think Manchester United need to be performing better than they did.”

Manchester United have only managed to beat Chelsea FC in the Premier League in their opening four games.

The Red Devils were 4-0 winners against Frank Lampard’s side before a 1-1 draw at Wolves.

Manchester United lost 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace before a 1-1 draw with Southampton last weekend.

Solskjaer’s side will host Leicester City in their next Premier League fixture.

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