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Romelu Lukaku | Forward | #9

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/13/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 207

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Roberto Martinez is expected to make a raft of changes as Belgium face England in the final game of Group G on Thursday.
Following back-to-back wins, both sides have comfortably qualified for the knockout phase and their focus will now shift to the Last 16. The Red Devils manager refused to rule out the possibility of making up-to 10 changes which would include Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens who picked up minor knocks during the win over Tunisia. Romelu Lukaku is a concern after a scan confirmed he suffered "external ligament" damage to his left foot. Meanwhile, those players who have already been booked in the competition will not be risked – Kevin de Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Meunier – for fear of collecting another yellow card and receiving an automatic one-match ban. Vincent Kompany will be handed his first minutes of the 2018 World Cup following his recovery from a slight groin strain and he could be partnered alongside Thomas Vermaelen as he continues to build fitness after a recent hamstring injury. Jun 27 - 8:35 AM
Source: Sky Sports

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Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial look to be winning their race to be fit for this weekends FA Cup final at Wembley.

Lukaku has just returned from a stint of rehab in Belgium after missing the final three games of the campaign with an ankle injury. Meanwhile, concerns over the fitness of Martial have been quashed after he picked a knee problem in training last Friday. Both players were pictured as part of the group travelling to London as they boarded the train at Stockport Station. Marouane Fellaini is also in contention after recovering from a slight muscular strain which forced him off during the 1-0 defeat at Brighton. Sergio Romero is over his recent knee injury and he will provide back-up for David de Gea after making his first Premier League appearance of the season against Watford on the final day. There were no notable absentees from the squad and it should mean that Jose Mourinho has a full complement of players to choose from against Chelsea.
Source: The Metro
May 17 - 9:15 AM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that forward Romelu Lukaku won't be available on Friday.

The Red Devils head to Brighton on Friday night for the first match of their double gameweek but will have to do so without their top scorer after Lukaku left the club's 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday with a foot injury. While the club doesn't yet know the full extent of the injury, Mourinho said he thinks the Belgian international should be ready to face Chelsea in the FA Cup final later this month: "I don't know [how long he will be out]," Mourinho said. "I just know that he will not play tomorrow. Apart from that we need to wait for more scans, more time. I hope [he will be ready for the FA Cup final], it looks positive."
Source: Sky Sports
May 3 - 3:46 PM

Romelu Lukaku will be fit for the FA Cup final in three weeks but it remains unclear if the Belgium international will feature in any of United’s three remaining Premier League matches.

There were growing concerns on Sunday when Lukaku was replaced following a heavy challenge by Arsenal youngster Konstantinos Mavropanos. Although the contact looked minimal, manager Jose Mourinho hinted that his withdrawal was the cause for some worry: "He wants to play all the time. He is never tired and, when he has small things, he doesn't care. He still wants to go." However, a scan on his right ankle confirmed there was no significant damage and Lukaku will be fit to face Chelsea at Wembley on May 19. With Champions League qualification already assured for 2018/19, and second place all but guaranteed, there will be no reason to take any unnecessary risks with Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial able to come into the side. United travel to Brighton on Friday evening and Mourinho is expected to provide an official update as part of his pre-match press conference.
Source: Daily Mail
May 2 - 12:18 PM

Romelu Lukaku will be assessed after suffering a foot injury during the 2-1 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford.

The Belgium international was caught by Konstantinos Mavropanos early in the second half and indicated that he was unable to continue. Although the contact didn’t look too serious, Lukaku limped off and walked straight down the tunnel. The victory secures a Champions League qualification spot, and with second place all but assured, United can now focus their attention on the FA Cup final in three weeks: "I don't know if he is going to be out, or if he’s okay" Jose Mourinho said. "He wants to play all the time. He is never tired and, when he has small things, he doesn't care. He still wants to go. So, for him to say immediately, to change him, it is because he couldn't play. I don't think it's something, or I hope it's not." His absence is likely to see Marcus Rashford recalled to the starting XI while Mourinho may look to involve some of his fringe players during the run-in.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 10:53 AM

The Belgian forward was 9n the bench to start but came in to put away United's 2-0 win over Bournemouth.

With the World Cup looming Lukaku's form was of some concern as the second half of the season hasn't been particularly prolific by his or United's standards. Everyone from Jose Mourinho to Roberto Martinez will be happy to see Lukaku score as the season winds down.
Apr 18 - 6:49 PM

Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez struck early for Man United to secure a 2-0 win at Old Trafford.

United started with intent and were duly rewarded rapidly, with Lukaku notching up his 100th Premier League goal. The goal came after neat interplay between Lingard and Sanchez, with the latter delivering the ball for Lukaku's shot which deflected beyond Fabianksi. Lingard was integral to United's second too, teeing up Alexis Sanchez who deftly put the ball into the net. The Red Devils pushed to add to their tally for the rest of the half but ultimately couldn't breach Swansea's defence again. The highlight of the second half was two saves in quick succession by De Gea on Abraham. As has so often happened this season, United failed to punish their opponents and put the result beyond doubt, though twice the reinstated Pogba set up chances for Lukaku and Mata.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 31 - 12:07 PM

Romelu Lukaku hit the back of the net twice as Belgium easily overcame Saudi Arabia 4-0 in Brussels.

The win extends the Belgian national side's unbeaten streak to 16 games, which highlights the strength of the country's "golden generation" ahead of the summer's World Cup. Kevin de Bruyne and Dries Mertens were integral to setting up Lukaku to open the scoring, but the striker did well to through off his marker to make space to shoot. Eden Hazard worked his magic to tee up Lukaku for his second of the evening and Michy Batshuayi added a third. Kevin de Bruyne scored to complete the scoring and underline his man of the match performance, but he can be thankful to Lukaku for his work to create the chance. A confidence boosting game for Lukaku ahead of Man United's end of season run-in.
Source: The Guardian
Mar 27 - 9:38 PM

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.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 17 - 7:00 PM

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