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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 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. Dec 17 - 11:15 AM
Source: NBC Sports

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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
Dec 13 - 6:01 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
Dec 10 - 1:49 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
Dec 5 - 5:31 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
Nov 27 - 12:55 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
Oct 6 - 8:21 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].
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Oct 3 - 6:27 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
Sep 23 - 12:20 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
Sep 17 - 1:03 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
Aug 13 - 1:00 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
Aug 11 - 8:11 AM

Romelu Lukaku was once again on the score sheet as Manchester United beat their city rivals in Texas during the early hours of Friday morning.

The two sides met as part of the International Champions Cup and it was the red half of Manchester who managed to steal the early season bragging rights with a 2-0 victory. Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring, his second in successive games while Marcus Rashford was also on hand to double the lead before the break. After the match, Jose Mourinho was quick to play down the significance of the result, although Paul Pogba "whether it is a friendly game or not, you want to win against Manchester City" took a decidedly different view: "It was a very good training session," said the United mboss. "That is what we thought when we organised the pre-season. Two matches against MLS teams and then we move on to the best teams in the world. It was a good intensity, the players are tired, I am really pleased and I am sure Pep [Guardiola] is the same."
Source: The Mirror
Jul 21 - 4:16 AM

Manchester United overcame Real Salt Lake at altitude on a 2-1 scoreline as they continue their pre-season preparations.

In a stadium standing at 4,500 feet above sea level, the air is deprived of oxygen, however United started brightly with McTominay twice getting shots in before Silva put RSL ahead on 20'. However, the Reds drew level again through Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who scored his second goal in two pre-season games with a left footer into the bottom-right corner. RSL changed their whole XI on 33' with the ongoing MLS in mind, and Romelu Lukaku struck soon after, ably assisted by Mkhi. The Belgian rounded a defender before slotting home with ease. Mata went off injured around the hour mark having only come on along with 11 teammates at half-time. United went down to ten men when Valencia saw red for a rash challenge, though the PL side were never truly threatened for the rest of the game.
Source: manutd.com
Jul 18 - 12:56 PM

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

The deal will cost United an initial transfer fee of £75 million ($96.6 million) with a further £15 million in add-ons included. United successfully whipped the 24 year old out from under the nose of PL rivals Chelsea last week. They had been engaged in a well publicised pursuit of their former player since the end of last season. Lukaku has agreed a five year contract with United, who have the option to extend that deal by a further 12 months. The striker will join his teammates for pre-season training in Los Angeles, where he was already holidaying with United midfielder Paul Pogba. "Romelu is a natural fit for Manchester United. He is a big personality and a big player," said manager Jose Mourinho. "He will be a great addition to the group. I am really looking forward to working with him again." Lukaku himslef described the offer to play for the Red Devils as "an opportunity of a lifetime and one that [he] could not turn down."
Source: manutd.com
Jul 10 - 2:19 PM

Manchester United have officially announced that they have agreed a fee with Everton for the transfer of Romelu Lukaku.

The deal is reportedly worth £90 million when add-ons are included with Wayne Rooney's move in the opposite direction worth a further £10 million, bring the sum total to £100 million. The transfer is now subject to the Belgian striker agreeing personal terms and passing a medical examination.
Source: manutd.com
Jul 8 - 6:12 AM