The Manchester United star was reportedly angry with his manager ahead of the Red Devils’ Premier League showdown with Bournemouth on Saturday evening.
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku did not board the club’s plane that left for Bournemouth ahead of their Premier League clash on Saturday evening. And it was confirmed before the crunch game that he was indeed axed from the match day squad altogether after failing to find the net in his last nine games. The Belgian hitman had been dropped to the bench for the clubs 2-1 victory over Everton, with Marcus Rashford preferred in his place.
Despite his current struggles in front of goal, Mourinho had backed Lukaku to come good soon. Yet The Metro has claimed that the player reacted furiously to being omitted from the Everton game. It has to be recollected that Mourinho and Lukaku have clashed in the past. During his time with Chelsea, the United boss sold the Belgian to Everton, having gotten annoyed at the 25-yearold’s lack of development.
That, however, did not stop Mourinho from signing a more mature Lukaku in summer 2017. This relationship, during most their time together at Old Trafford, has been nothing but plain-sailing, but The Metro revealed that the former Everton striker had felt ‘let down’ by his manager. According to claims, the former Anderlecht striker feels he is being made a scapegoat for the side’s poor start to the season.
And Lukaku instead blames his poor form on the lack of service from midfield and the flanks. Mourinho did open up regarding Lukaku’s struggles in his pre-match press conference on Friday.
Jose has explained @RomeluLukaku9's absence to BT Sport:
"In training yesterday, after the press conference, he felt something that needs to be studied in the next couple of days. So Lukaku has not come and we decided to start with Alexis."
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 3, 2018
The 55-year-old, looking for a third Premier League win from four outings, said: “The reason (he was dropped against Everton) is he is playing lots of matches and lately, not just not scoring goals, but also not showing lots of confidence. Sometimes we decide that the best thing for the players is to not be on the pitch, to be protected and away from the initial pressure.”
If Lukaku does miss out against Bournemouth, Alexis Sanchez will be primed for a start down the middle.
Romelu Lukaku and Jose Mourinho have had a great working relationship at United, but the strains of a bad start to the season and Mourinho’s penchant for leaving his players out to dry seems to have finally caught up with the two. Both parties have valid points, and it is just a matter of scoring that one drought-breaking goal for Lukaku to get back into scoring ways, for while his manger needs to let the striker feed off better service.