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Romelu Lukaku | Forward | #9

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/13/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 220

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Manchester United crawled to a 2-0 win in their FA Cup quarter final tie with Brighton on Saturday night.
José Mourinho made five changes to the team which crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday, benching Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez. The bid to make United less ponderous and lethargic didn't work in the first half though, as United continually played from side to side against the deep set Brighton defence. Romelu Lukaku did score his 25th goal of the season to give them a first half lead though, heading in Matic's cross. Luke Shaw's performance was not deemed satisfactory by Mourinho, who hooked him in place of Ashley Young at the interval. The move paid off as Young's cross from a free was headed in by Nemanja Matic late on against the run of play, ending a spirited Brighton's FA Cup run. Mar 17 - 7:00 PM
Source: BBC Sport

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Manchester United progressed into the FA Cup quarter-finals with ease with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield at the John Smith Stadium.

United were ahead by the third minute through striker Romelu Lukaku, who latched onto a Mata through ball after initially crating a platform for United's attack with good hold-up play. He held off Schindler and finished at the near post. Tom Ince had two good chances in the first half but failed to convert. Instead Mata thought he had doubled United's lead against the run of play but VAR swooped in to deny the strike for offside minutes later as the first half drew to a close. Lukaku doubled United's lead in the second half to complete a counter-attack by the visitors. A Huddersfield corner was defended and the Belgian broke from his own final third, supplying Sanchez and receiving the ball back in the other half, showing great composure under pressure with his shot. All eleven United players could be seen in their own half at stages, again throwing into question Mourinho's negative tactical outlook.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 19 - 3:33 AM

Manchester United cruised to victory on a 3-0 scoreline as Stoke's new manager Paul Lambert watched on from the stands.

United took control early in the tie, with Paul Pogba integral to their best moves. The Frenchman surged forward and set Antonio Valencia free as the defender scored United's first after beating Stoke full-back Josh Tymon. That came just minutes after Anthony Martial could have earned the Red Devils a penalty. However, Martial wasn't left ruing that as he scored United's second with a great curling effort, again assisted by the sublime Pogba. Romelu Lukaku added some late gloss to the scoreline late on. Stoke had their chances but Stephen Ireland missed the target with a big chance and De Gea was a match for attempts from Diouf and Shaqiri. A good result for José Mourinho as United gain on City but the result highlights how much work Paul Lambert has to do if he is to save The Potters from the drop.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 15 - 5:31 PM

Romelu Lukaku was stretchered off early as Manchester United dropped points for the third-straight league match after a goalless draw against Southampton at Old Trafford.

The result means Manchester United, now winless in the league since December 17th, will enter 2018 in third place. Lukaku was stretcher off after a clash of heads with Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt inside 10 minutes, having earlier headed the best chance of the first-half over the bar. Marcus Rashford replaced the Belgian, who was taken off wearing an oxygen mask, while United lacked the cutting edge despite seeing plenty of the ball in the final third during the first-half. After the restart, Shane Long forced a brilliant kick save from David de Gea as both sides traded possession without reward. Paul Pogba had the ball in the back of net on 81 minutes, but his effort from close was ruled out for offside. Compounding the concern over the extent of Lukaku's injury is the status of Zlatan ibrahimović, who Jose Mourinho revealed after the match is facing "a month out".
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 02:53:00 PM

Manchester United held on in the end to take all three points with a 2-1 win over West Brom at The Hawthorns.

United started the game well and rushed into an early 2-0 lead. First, Lukaku got his second goal in as many games by leaping to direct a cross from the left by Marcus Rashford beyond the reach of Ben Foster. United extended their lead soon after with Jesse Lingard's shot deflected off Ahmed Hegazi into the Baggies' net. Gareth Barry pulled one back in the second half as United became complacent and failed press their possession advantage into more goals. United could even have blown their lead as West Brom pushed them for an equaliser and only for De Gea's ability they would have conceded in a late goalmouth scramble. United cut City's lead at the top to 11 points, West Brom stay stuck in the relegation zone in 19th.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 11:15:00 AM

Romelu Lukaku scored the lone goal as Manchester United rebounded from their Manchester derby defeat with a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on a rainy night at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho made four changes to the side that fell 2-1 at the weekend, bring in Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Scott McTominay and Juan Mata. On 25 minutes United struck when Mata feathered a cross to the back post, and Lukaku leapt highest to head home his goal 14th of the season. Bournemouth had chances throughout the match but David de Gea was up for the challenge, making a seven saves en route to his 11th clean sheet of the season. United could have doubled their advantage twice in the second-half, but Martial fired a sitter over from six yards out and Marcus Rashford rattled a drive back off the crossbar. The victory means United remain second in the table and three points clear of third-place Chelsea.
Source: NBC Sports
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 06:01:00 PM

The spotlight at the Theatre of Dreams was on Romelu Lukaku on Sunday—not for his prowess but for his shortcomings.

On a snowy evening at Old Trafford, Lukaku was to blame for both of Manchester City's goals in the Red Devils' 2-1 loss to their rivals, who are now 11 points clear at the top of the table. In the 43rd minute, Lukaku headed a Man City corner back in toward the center of the box, where David Silva poked it into the back of the net. Marcus Rashford answered back nicely for United just four minutes later, beating Fabian Delph down the right and coolly slotting his chance past Ederson. But in the 54th minute, Lukaku had trouble with another set piece, clearing a cross straight into the back of Chris Smalling as the ball bounced to Nicolas Otamendi in front of goal as a helpless David De Gea watched the match winner wizz past. Lukaku had a great chance in the 85th minute to equalize, but his shot from the six-yard box was deftly saved by Ederson—his face, to be exact—before Juan Mata saw his follow-up turned aside as well.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 01:49:00 PM

Man Utd are back in the Champions League knock-out stages for the first time in three seasons after finishing out the group stages with a 2-1 win over Russian outfit CSKA Moscow.

The victory was enough to give the Red Devils first place in Group A. United had a great early chance after 4 minutes but Marcus Rashford hit the post and CSKA took the lead before half time in controversial circumstances when Vitinho's shot deflected into the net off Alan Dzagoev who was offside. However United struck back first through Lukaku, assisted by Paul Pogba who they will miss in their next three PL games. Rashford struck minutes later to finish the turnaround and that was how it stayed. Luke Shaw played the full 90 and did well overall but could have the finger pointed at him for failing to track a runner for the first goal. Sergio Romero started in goals to give De Gea a well-earned rest after his heroics vs Arsenal.
Source: BBC Sport
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 05:31:00 PM

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku will not face disciplinary proceedings after an alleged incident with Gaetan Bong on Saturday.

Match referee Neil Swarbrick did not spot Lukaku kicking out at Bong during United's 1-0 win on Saturday and so the matter was referred to an independent panel of three ex-Premier League referees to independently review on Monday. As the trio were not in unanimous agreement that is was offence which should have been punished with a red card, the Belgian has escaped a ban. Lukaku may still find himself sitting on the bench in the next few weeks as United face fixture congestion and Ibrahimovic is back fit.
Source: BBC Sport
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 12:55:00 PM

Romelu Lukaku is unlikely to be risked against Bosnia on Saturday but Roberto Martinez remains hopeful that the striker can still play a part in Belgium’s final Group H match in Cyprus.

Lukaku passed a late fitness test before managing to play 90 minutes for United against Crystal Palace last weekend. However, in doing so, he aggravated an ankle injury and was immediately sent for a scan on his arrival at the Belgium camp. Despite the results showing no serious issues – fracture or ligament damage – Lukaku has been forced to train away from the squad on an individual plan. "He has not joined the group yet since he arrived," revealed Martinez. "We need to be a little bit patient. I would say he is very uncertain for Saturday. We will make a decision probably on Friday, but I would say that it is a little bit difficult for him to be involved." With Belgium already assured of a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, there is no need to risk the striker unnecessarily.
Source: The Metro
Fri, Oct 6, 2017 08:21:00 AM

Romelu Lukaku will work away from the main group - on an individualised plan - as he recovers from injury.

The Manchester United striker suffered a minor ankle issue in training on Friday, but following a pain-killing injection, he was able to play against Crystal Palace – a game in which he scored for the seventh successive league match to draw level with Andy Cole’s long-standing record. United cruised past the divisions bottom club 4-0 but Lukaku had to wait until the 86th minute to make it 15-goals in his last 13 games for club and country. However, Lukaku could miss this weekend's World Cup qualifier with Bosnia after arriving for international duty having aggravated the problem. He was immediately sent for a scan, which fortunately revealed no fracture or ligament damage, although he won’t train with the squad for the next few days [at least].
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 06:27:00 AM

Romelu Lukaku scored his sixth Premier League goal in six games, providing the one goal cushion for Manchester United's 1-0 win away to Southampton.

Manchester United were good value for their first half lead. They moved the ball with fluidity and confidence whilst Southampton failed to muster an attack of note. Romelu Lukaku gave United the lead after 20 minutes. Ashley Young, who started at left back, created some space and sent a cross into the box. Forster saved Lukaku's initial effort with his head but the Belgian made no mistake when the rebound came to him. Rashford also went close in the opening half with a free-kick fizzing past the post. Aside from one Lukaku chance created by Mkhitaryan, Southampton had all the opportunities in the second half but their poor goalscoring record at home continued - Long and Romeu in particular had chances but failed to convert. United didn't play near their potential but clung on for three points.
Source: BBC Sport
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 12:20:00 PM

Romelu Lukaku continued his stellar start to the season with a goal and assist in a 4-0 win against Everton.

The summer arrival from Everton waited until late to put the dagger into his former side, scoring in the 89th minute after following through on a blocked free-kick opportunity. The goal won't sit well with Everton fans as the Belgian sought out the away section and celebrated in retaliation for their boos earlier in the match. Lukaku also added an assist on Henrikh Mkhitaryan's 83rd minute goal to double the lead while Anthony Martial finished things off with a penalty kick in stoppage time. It was Antonio Valencia who got things started early in the fourth minute with a crackling strike from outside the box that swerved to beat Jordan Pickford. Now the Red Devils find themselves back atop the table once again their fourth clean sheet of the season.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 01:03:00 PM

Manchester United stated the intentions for the season in emphatic fashion at Old Trafford by beating West Ham 4-0.

United were by far the more energetic side in the opening minutes, and should have had a bigger lead than 1-0 at the interval. That goal had come through Romelu Lukaku, who was played in by Marcus Rashford from the left-wing. United perhaps could've had more, but it didn't matter as West Ham failed to threaten up top. Lukaku sealed his brace with a header from a Mkhitaryan free-kick and the game slowed a little as Mourinho introduced substitutes - Fellaini and later Martial. Before the French youngster arrived on the scene, Rashford, who he replaced, was very effective on the flank using his pace and guile to fashion a number of chances with the closest hitting the post. Martial came on with 10 to go, scored after Mkhi set him up before turning provider to give Pogba his late goal. A notably good performance from Matic in midfield, lots to do for Slaven Bilic and his Hammers.
Source: BBC Sport
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 01:00:00 PM

No surprises when it comes to Nik's top forward pick for Week 1. It's Romelu Lukaku, making his proper Manchester United debut against West Ham.

We saw thousands of tweets ridiculing Lukaku for his missed sitter in the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid on Tuesday night, only for Manchester United's new striker to score with a poacher's finish a few minutes later. The response? "It was only a tap in". Haters gonna hate. People who dislike United / Jose Mourinho / big-money transfers want this move to fail. But would any of them bet against Big Rom having 20+ Premier League goals in the bag come May? I doubt it. Watch the Belgian open his Old Trafford account against the Hammers.
Source: Rotoworld
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 08:11:00 AM