Hating Lukaku

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    Wednesday at Stoke Full Member

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    Sounds a lot like recency bias to me. The whole forum was giddy about the possibilities of an interchangeable front three when rashford, martial and lingard were playing well to start solskjær's tenure. Now that they have had a dip in form we find things to criticize.

    The fact is that Lukaku has had more than a season worth of consistent game time to improve but he's been more or less the same player he was at everton.

    Rashford and martial have been dicked around every which way to accommodate zlatan, Lukaku and sanchez until now when they are getting a consistent opportunity to show their level.

    They might not be the answer but I'd much rather make that decision with adequate information and playing time.
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    VP89 Pogba's biggest fan

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    I've made a new thread to take us away from the twitter debate and discuss why sections of our caf seem to dislike Lukaku so much.

    The argument from their side is that he's simply not good enough, but I ask how he isn't and Rashford/Martial/Lingard are?

    He's an established premier league striker capable of sustained periods of good form under a proper manager. His physicality is important and his hold-up play is no way near as bad as some posters like to claim. The Barcelona match after he went off at OT for Martial is a great example of how shite we are without him, and our lack of threat at the Nou Camp is another one.

    I just don't get why so many people want him gone. It's not like a viable alternative exists right now, and there are other positions which are a bigger weakness than his.
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    ErranMorad New Member

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    Perfectly within reason.
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    VP89 Pogba's biggest fan

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    It's not recency bias, I've always thought Rashford and Martial are terribly overrated and need upgrading. You can't really count his time under Jose this season, because it's not a reflection of his 5 years in England really, and he got what 27 goals in his debut year? Are you really going to make that argument?

    Anyway apologies for this in the twitter thread. I've made a new thread to discuss.
  5. Apr 20, 2019
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    Untd55 New Member

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    Lukaku is our best attacker. He is the only player, before this season, who has got into double figures. He is the only one provenly capable of scoring 20 goals in a season.

    Martial has the finishing ability, but he has very few other assets, to be honest. He is quick, but his dribbling and positioning are not great.

    Rashford's finishing is massively inconsistent. He has bad decision making. His dribbling is alright-ish.

    Lingard - just no.
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    VP89 Pogba's biggest fan

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    Martial likes to run fast before jogging and pass it back. Or mis-pass it. Or go on a great dribble and score a goal (too rare).

    Rashford has about 4 tricks in his locker and the others rest on passing the ball round a player and outrunning him. I don't think either serve us as long term options up front.
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    haram Full Member

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    He is better than both Rashford and Martial.
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    Sell Lukaku - get Jovic or Piatek - fantastic

    Sell Lukaku - persist with 'Rashy' and 'Marshy' - mediocrity

    Strikers that can score 1 in 2 don't grow on trees (eg. Lukaku), if we can get a player that can score 2 in 3 then we have a world class player (eg. Kane and Aguero). Players that score 1 in 1 are truly special players.
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    Paul_Scholes18 Full Member

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    There is hate and dislike against all our players here. For some reason there is little love going around.

    We got a lot of good players, but not as good as City and Liverpool right now. Could need some uppgrades in attack mainly, but no reason to hate our attackers for not being at the very best.
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    Sir Scott McToMinay Full Member

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    He’s the modern day Emile Heskey, that’s not a slight on him, they’re basically the same type of player, Heskey was good at Leicester and decent at Liverpool.
    Lukaku is perhaps a slightly better version of Heskey, and he can cross, but that is really it.

    No chance he’ll ever be good enough for a team like Manchester United, unless the world of football completely changes and we go back to 1980s football, don’t see it happening.
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    DWelbz19 Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    If we’re looking for ‘serious upheaval’ this summer, we’ll need to generate some of that cash (or cash back) from sales.

    Lukaku is one of about four or five players in our squad who could fetch a handsome fee, and of those four or five is the only one who is pretty much surplus to requirements.

    Teams we expect to spend big will most likely do similar - Madrid will almost certainly have one of Isco, Bale etc. leave the club, Barcelona may offload Coutinho, Juventus with Dybala and Costa.
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    It’s a strange one because I think our entire attack (bar Mata) is much of a muchness in that they’re all pretty good with blatant flaws, and nobody top class. Any one of them could be sold to allow renovations that the manager wishes, and in this case it’s Lukaku who is clearly least in favour with the manager.
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    haram Full Member

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    Rashford is homegrown and is developing. Manc born and bred. I get why he should stay.

    Someone though honestly tell me why Lukaku should be sold ahead of Martial. I am not advocating the sale of either because I truly believe the problems are elsewhere. This clamouring for Lukaku to be sold makes no sense to me.
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    breakout67 Full Member

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    This is probably true, but so is Martial being a discount Anelka and Rashford being whatever he is (not a world class striker or on his way to being one). In my opinion all 3 are at the squad level for a title winning team, not good enough to demand starting every game.
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    More like Not rating Lukaku. His playing time requirements outweigh his ability. He experienced a reasonable drop in playing time and his agent is already talking about leaving.
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    NinjaFletch Full Member

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    I don't 'hate' him. I just think he has a poor all round game compared to other top strikers, and has not scored enough goals to make up for that.
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    Cassidy No longer at risk of being mistaken for a Scouser

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    No he has been on the bench alot this season. Plus high work rate and energy forwards seems to be what Ole wants
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    sullydnl Ross Kemp's caf ID

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    There's a bit of a "square peg in round hole" vibe about Lukaku.

    He's definitely our best goalscorer and probably our best attacker generally. On the other hand, in a lot of people's eyes his presence in the team will always entail stylistic compromises that hold us back from developing as a team.

    A bit like if Fellaini had been a better player to the point where he was actually our best midfielder. It would have been odd to sell him as a priority but you would never have quite been happy with him in the side either because of the type of player he was. Except unlike Fellaini, Lukaku would probably fetch a hefty fee from a big club.

    But yeah, I certainly don't get the hate for Lukaku. In fact I quite like him. If the rebuilding job on our hands is a multi-season one (and it is) then holding on to our current best goalscorer for the time being and strengthening other areas first might make sense. Though if he left and we actually replaced him..... *shrugs*
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    Sir Scott McToMinay Full Member

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    I don’t think Martial is as good as Anelka was, not yet.
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    Based Adnan New Member

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    He has only scored more than 20 goals in the league once in his career (25 in his last season at Everton). Outside of that as an actual footballer he's technically quite poor. Bad first touch, can't take on a man and for a man as big as he is he's quite poor at holding up the ball. He's best at running in behind despite his size and is quite limited as a footballer. A Manchester United side looking to challenge for titles needs much more then that.

    I don't hate him, nor do I think we've played to his strengths during his time here. Mourinho tried to use him as a target man which, as I said, he is not despite his physique.
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    Cassidy No longer at risk of being mistaken for a Scouser

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    They are overrated. The issue is so is Lukaku and they all need upgrading.

    However Rashford at least seems to have alot of room for improvement and doesn't need to be the no1 and can also play in all 3 forward positions (less so on the right of course)

    Cannot say the same for Lukaku which is why it makes sense for him to be the one to be replaced.

    As for Martial well, I dont have much to say about that one. If we sold and replaced I wouldn't say no.
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    Hence why I said discount Anelka :)
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    I like Lukaku but I think he’s not apt for is. He has no first touch at all.
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    Cassidy No longer at risk of being mistaken for a Scouser

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    Hes not good enough but I actually like him. He seems like a nice guy
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    esmufc07 Won the Grand National Sweepstake once Scout

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    He gives his all but I sometimes think he is asked to do too much, and I think we often ask him to do things that aren't to his natural strengths. I pray he leaves in the summer as I don't think we will ever be a top team with him leading the line.
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    ErranMorad New Member

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    I don't think anyone 'hates' him. Most people criticize him because of his lack of technical ability & suitability for a striker at a top club. Although, the 'hate' word had to be used in the OP for affect.
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    Lukaku was never going to be an all rounder. If we had an actual right wing and a play maker he would score more goals. He will definitely score more goals than Rashford who is no way near clinical enough upfront. I’ll be sad to see Lukaku go. He offers us a different dimension when we play.
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    bond19821982 Full Member

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    Yes, we got to upgrade but with who? There aren't many options out there who can guarantee 15-20 goals a season .
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    He's a big headache for me.

    He lacks so much in what I'll want in our striker but he's more reliable goal scorer than Martial and Rashford at least.

    I don't know what to do with him anymore. I think we'll need to upgrade over all the 3 (Lukaku, Rash and Martial) though.
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    Hoboman New Member

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    Heskey scored 110 goals in 516 games in EPL and 7 in 62 for England, Lukaku - 113 in 249 in EPL and 45 in 79 for his national team. How on earth that counts as 'slightly better'? On top of that, their playing style is completely different.
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    It's easier to scape goat someone who doesn't belong in a narrative. The yardstick changes for everyone except Lukaku.
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    He isn't elegant, and top strikers need to have an elegance about their game. He's a tactically limited player as well, in a set up where it's him vs 2 cbs, he turns to rubbish.
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    So are we buying both Kane and Aguero to replace him or just one of them?

    Ole can only work with what’s available to him, pointless stating x player who is completely unobtainable is a better option, as they play for another team.
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    Lukaku absolutely pisses over Heskey as a player. But the comparison is easy because of race and build for those with prejudice.
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    Damien Self-Aware RedCafe Database (and Admin) Staff

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    Not sure it is so much a clamouring but for some reason Ole has been preferring Martial to start instead of Lukaku of late despite the latter performing better. Lukaku is unlikely to be happy to continue to be second choice striker when Rashford is Ole's clear first choice and the player's representatives has been talking about playing in other countries so if he's not happy with his role and we can get the money for him as well as a replacement that fits what the management's vision of playing is, it makes sense to sell.

    Personally I wouldn't sell as like you I think the problems are elsewhere.
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    Bubz27 No I won’t change your tag line

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    Don't be facetious.
    That's obviously the level we should be aiming for. Lukaku is a player we should look to upgrade. Not saying he's one of the priority positions, but we should look to improve our striking options if the right player became available.

    If Dybala or Griezmann become available, we should be in the market rather than saying nah it's okay we have Lukaku.
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    His agent was reported as saying he wants the new country experience so he'll push for a move himself regardless. hes not someone we should fighting to keep that's it. Not hating or anything.
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    The Urban Goose New Member

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    It's not "hating"; it's just the opinion that he's not of the quality needed to make the jump back into the elite, sustaining regular title and CL challenges.
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    Bubz27 No I won’t change your tag line

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    I'd replace him if a top option became available. Simple really.

    If Griezmann, for example, became available, I'd be looking to sell Lukaku and get Griezmann.
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    sullydnl Ross Kemp's caf ID

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    He has also been compared to Benteke (another inferior player with a different style of play) for similar reasons.
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    Cassidy No longer at risk of being mistaken for a Scouser

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    Id take Jovic and then spend the extra money on a quality RW.

    Id even throw a bunch of money at Milan for Piatek