Neville: What I liked about Lukaku’s muted celebration in Man United win
The Man United legend opens up about Romelu Lukaku's non celebration in a victory over Bournemouth mid-week
Phil Neville has backed Romelu Lukaku’s decision not to celebrate his winner in Manchester United’s 1-0 win against Bournemouth on Wednesday night.
The Belgium international has endured a tough spell in the Premier League following a disappointing return of three goals in his last 14 games in all competitions.
Lukaku found the net in the first half of Manchester United’s close-fought 1-0 win against Bournemouth mid-week to score in the Premier League for the first time since goal against Newcastle in early November.
The 24-year-old was criticised for his performance in the Red Devils’ 2-1 loss to Premier League leaders Manchester City at Old Trafford last weekend after the centre-forward contributed to both of the Citizens’ goals.
Lukaku has failed to find the net against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur this term to raise questions about his big-game mentality.
The summer signing didn’t celebrate his goal against the Cherries as the Belgium international struck a frustrated figure.
Former Manchester United defender Neville backed Lukaku’s decision not to celebrate his winner against Bournemouth.
“What I like about the celebration was that he was still hurting from Sunday,” Neville told The Debate on Sky Sports on Thursday night.
“You don’t get over that by scoring one goal against Bournemouth at home. Romelu got some stick after the game.
“It showed that he is suffering and hurting.”
Lukaku moved to Manchester United in a £75m deal from Premier League rivals Everton in the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils haven’t won the Premier League title in 2013.
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