He won 5 aerial duels, the most by a United player alongside Marouane Fellaini, completed 90.6% of his passes and had more touches 53 on the ball than any other United defender. I know it’s difficult to play at home, it’s difficult to play away, it’s probably more difficult to play away.
The “Special One”, who was harshly sent to the stands late on by referee Craig Pawson after running onto the pitch, continued: “They knew that the hard time would arrive, and the hard time arrived today”. Did I ask for an explanation? No. Whether the youngsters decision to leave will be justified, only time will tell but it does prove that there was a place for him should he have chose to stay.
“The last time we had this was in Los Angeles and then in Macedonia, and I think they felt (it)”.
It really is a remarkable start for a player who now looks like he could well be Premier League top scorer this campaign, and one of the most remarkable aspects is the pattern to the goals. In the same way he contributed so much on the rare occasions his team threatened, he occupied Southampton’s defence as they grew in confidence in pursuit of an equalising goal.
The song, to the tune of “Made of Stone” from United-associated band The Stone Roses, makes reference to the size of Lukaku’s manhood and has caused a real stir.
With the goal Lukaku now has a goal in every game he has started this season, not just for his club but also for his national side, Belgium. There is perhaps no finer demonstration of their decline under previous manager Claude Puel, which his successor Pellegrino is yet to arrest. They are desperate for a clinical goalscorer with none of Charlie Austin, Long or Manolo Gabbiadini stepping up.
Swathes of the away support in the stadium sang the song in the aftermath of Lukaku’s goal, and followed it up with: “We’re Man United, we’ll sing what we want”.
“And also Chris Smalling“, he said.