Jamie Carragher: What Romelu Lukaku proved to Man United critics in 2-1 win over Chelsea FC
The Liverpool FC legend heaps praise on Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku
Jamie Carragher believes Romelu Lukaku proved to his Manchester United critics that there is more to his game than just goals after the striker created Jesse Lingard’s winner in a 2-1 victory over Chelsea FC on Sunday.
The Belgium international moved to Manchester United in a £75m deal from Premier League rivals Everton in the summer transfer window.
Lukaku struggled to leave a lasting impression at Chelsea FC before the powerful striker moved to Everton in a permanent deal in 2014.
The 24-year-old established himself as one of the division’s most prolific goal-scorers during his spell at Everton.
Manchester United signed Lukaku after he scored 25 goals in 36 games last term to finish behind Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane in the goal-scoring charts.
Lukaku netted 10 times in his opening nine games in all competitions for the Red Devils before struggling over the festive schedule.
His inability to hold up the ball and bring team-mates into the game has attracted criticism from some pundits, such as ex-Everton defender Kevin Kilbane.
Lukaku cancelled out Willian’s opener in the first half before the striker’s brilliant cross allowed Lingard to secure a 2-1 win over Chelsea FC.
However, former Liverpool FC defender Carragher believes Lukaku proved a point with his assist for Lingard’s winner.
“For a long time I always felt he was just a goal-scorer and there wasn’t much more to his play,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“He’s not great at holding it up or working the channels at times. But this [the cross for Lingard’s goal] just answers me and his critics – there is more than just goals to his game.”