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We have some of the worst fans in football. Extremely spoilt.
:lol: We literally have the best fans out of all the big clubs in world football. Our fans have an extremely high threshold for mediocrity. The kind of mediocrity we’ve tolerated from both managers and players alike far surpasses what they would get at other clubs.
 

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I have absolutely no problem with people groaning when they see a player on 250k a week let the ball bounce in front of him rather than try and head it on for an on running team mate. Or who tries to trap the ball and ends up slicing it out of play. Or who has an obsession with step-overs but leaves the ball behind every single time he tries them. Or just generally looking like a reluctant stand-in for a pub team whether the ball is near him or not.

That certainly isn't being spoilt.
 

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We have some of the worst fans in football. Extremely spoilt.
:lol: We literally have the best fans out of all the big clubs in world football. Our fans have an extremely high threshold for mediocrity. The kind of mediocrity we’ve tolerated from both managers and players alike far surpasses what they would get at other clubs.
I know right? We've had 6 years of pure rubbish. I watched bottom of league clashes and felt they played better football than us many, many times.

Which other supposed top club claps off Moyes whilst he's breaking every negative record in sight after winning the league the season before? We've clapped off him, LVG who bored us to tears and Mourinho who tried to turn the fans against our best players...

Real' fans jeered Ronaldo after a few games ffs! They had the white handkerchiefs out for Lopetegui after a few games too! Barca fans have the hankies out after losing 2 games in a row! Etc, etc, etc...

We go years without showing discontent!

If there's one accusation that cannot be thrown at the fans, it's that they're too feckin spoilt!

Haha what a joke! :lol: :houllier:
 
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Chelsea need a striker no? Higuaín is just a loan and he’s probably already missing Italian cuisine so Chelsea seems like a good place to dump Lukaku
 

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I have absolutely no problem with people groaning when they see a player on 250k a week let the ball bounce in front of him rather than try and head it on for an on running team mate. Or who tries to trap the ball and ends up slicing it out of play. Or who has an obsession with step-overs but leaves the ball behind every single time he tries them. Or just generally looking like a reluctant stand-in for a pub team whether the ball is near him or not.

That certainly isn't being spoilt.
And this hasn't been for a short spell of bad form. It's not like he's had one bad game and everyone has turned on him.

He's been hopeless all season long. The away game to Arsenal is the only game I think he's played well in.
 

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We already hear the groans from the fans when his touch lets him down but very little for the other players whos touch let them down.
Double standards existing in football shouldn’t be shocking or worth registering to anyone. I mean, good players being given more leniency than shit players is just how the game goes. Repeat offenders will obviously attract more criticism, and when it comes to a bad touch Lukaku is the final boss
 

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Worst fans? What a joke. Our fans border on delusion (in my opinion) with how supportive they can be as a base. It's actually one of the oddities I find about united fans as a collective. We're aggressively supportive of managers and players through all kinds of thick.
Go to a game, you'll see it. Even after the Sevilla debacle I was shut down when I jeered Jose. What a stupid accusation to level just to prove a hopeless point.
 

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So our fans are the worst because they laughed at some memes for a player who only joined us last season and after he leaves will have zero connection with the club, and so far has done nothing remarkable here to remember him for ?
 

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think there is a big difference between his touch letting him down vs others. His are more frequent and on just very basic plays that any professional player should be able to make in their sleep.
He does have a bad touch at times.
I will not deny it.
But sometimes it can be over exaggerated.

I have no problem with people posting very funny memes like the one where he fell over the ball and injured himself :D its the nitpicking at every little thing he does i cant stand.
Like the mistimed header,and the video where he failed to control the ball.
 

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So our fans are the worst because they laughed at some memes for a player who only joined us last season and after he leaves will have zero connection with the club, and so far has done nothing remarkable here to remember him for ?
I said some of the worst.
We dont have the worst fans.
I would give that crown to Millwall but we do have some right toxic people who claim to "support" us.
We have seen it with Nani and Fellaini getting booed by their own fans.
Martial fans and Rashford fans hating on their lovechilds rival and none being objective.
Kagawa fans vs Rooney fans.
That god awful moyes banner.
The scapegoating of Fellaini and Lukaku.
 

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He does have a bad touch at times.
I will not deny it.
But sometimes it can be over exaggerated.

I have no problem with people posting very funny memes like the one where he fell over the ball and injured himself :D its the nitpicking at every little thing he does i cant stand.
Like the mistimed header,and the video where he failed to control the ball.
Its isnt nitpicking every little touch and mistake he makes. You could make gifs of every player in history and make them look like a clueless fool if you wanted, but that is not what happening here. Those gifs are are just examples of how he messes up the most basic things like pressing, touches and bringing down high balls. Him getting slated by the majority of the fanbase is not some organized hate campaign, it just so happens that we watch the games and see the same things. Why he is seemingly at the end of more vitriol than others has a couple of reasons:

1) Hes only been here a year and a half. If he was a club legend then people would be a lot more patient with him. Rooney also got a lot of shit his last years and hes our top goal scorer of all time
2) He was bloody expensive and is on big wages. Hes not some young prospect, hes supposed to be in his best years so fans rightly expect him to perform at a high level
3) He has talked a lot about mental fortitude and hard work in interviews and does not seem to follow his own advice at all
4) This is not his fault though, but he got wildly preferential treatment from Mouhrino over Rashford/Martial, which is a surefire way to piss off fans
5) Almost every other player has risen a level or two after Ole took over, where as he sticks out like a sore thumb and it makes his poor form very noticeable in a team that otherwise is on fire
6) The worst one though is his perceived lack of effort. Poor performances is one thing, but when you dont even looked arsed to put in the work your team mates do its the fastest way to get the fans against you

Adding to all of this, the club and the fans has had some very lean years in terms of both silverware and performances so most fans are understandably a bit on edge and has very low tolerance for under performing players. If this was the Ferige years and we were swimming in silverware he would not get as much hate i recon, but we are now in a situation where we are trying to claw ourselves back to the top and we have no room for passengers
 

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I said some of the worst.
We dont have the worst fans.
I would give that crown to Millwall but we do have some right toxic people who claim to "support" us.
We have seen it with Nani and Fellaini getting booed by their own fans.
Martial fans and Rashford fans hating on their lovechilds rival and none being objective.
Kagawa fans vs Rooney fans.
That god awful moyes banner.
The scapegoating of Fellaini and Lukaku.
You have never been to other team’s forum, have you?
 

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I'm sure I remember people posting stats when we signed him about him being an outlier - in terms of workrate - when he was at Everton. Covering less ground per game than almost any other player in the league? Could be wrong but that's my memory of it anyway. At the time I hoped that Mourinho (and/or the chance to finally play for a "big club") would light a fire under his arse and have him working as hard as any other top PL striker. Now I'll admit I haven't seen any recent stats but he sure does look like a player who isn't covering the same amount of ground as his peers in any given game.

Which means either he really is choosing not to work as hard as his team-mates on his cardio before games and putting the effort in during them (i.e. he's lazy) or there's some sort of physical/physiological reason behind his lack of stamina. If we go with the latter scenario, why the hell did he decide to bulk up before the world cup, as that was always going to have a detrimental effect on his stamina? And why didn't the club intervene? It's all very confusing tbh.

Obviously, ignore all the above if there any stats confirming that he runs as far the likes of Kane, Aguero, Aubameyang etc. Does anyone know where we could find these stats?
Unfortunately they're only available for the CL and via Opta if you pay for them.

However in the CL he's running at around 9km per game which along with Martial Is significantly lower than any other attacker to the tune of 10%+

I also read an article the season prior to us signing Lukaku that showed him as the forward with the least distance covered in the league. I believe again he was around the 9km average mark, compared with most around 10.5km. The record this season for comparison is 13.7km covered.

It probably doesn't sound a lot but 10-15% at the top level can be the difference between a good game and an awful one. Disappointingly he's factually a very, very lazy player; irrespective of people trying to silence that by crying "racist".
 

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Literally no other club in the world would give David Moyes a standing ovation after that banner, zero.

Are we a bit spoilt compared to mid table or relegation struggler clubs? Yes, but it comes with the territory. Manchester United is a giant of football, winning and winning with flairs are expected. We have in fact been extremely tolerant to underperforming managers (especially the match going fans).
 

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It probably doesn't sound a lot but 10-15% at the top level can be the difference between a good game and an awful one. Disappointingly he's factually a very, very lazy player; irrespective of people trying to silence that by crying "racist".
There’s definitely a racial stereotype of black players that is prevalent in English football, the ‘big unit, machine, hardworking, beastly’ one, but ‘lazy’ doesn’t apply, especially at United. We didn’t call even Kleberson lazy, Djemba twins lazy, Nani lazy (inconsistent and defensively suspect, yes, many did), or Ashley Young, or Valencia, or Rio, or Evra (even when he stopped tracking back as his stamina declined with age).

If 2/3 of the fan base (a conservative estimate) agree that Lukaku is lazy, then maybe he is, both with the naked eyes and statistics. Call it ‘less active’ if that goes down easier, but the description has nothing to do with racial stereotypes. We used to pull our hairs out over Berbatov too.
 

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The away game to Arsenal is the only game I think he's played well in.
You mean the game that returned the same 5 pages of moaning and dumb GIFs as any other game before and since?
 

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Usually im not one for censorship on forums but mods i think we should implement a ban on these stupid gifs and videos taking the piss out of Lukaku.

Its not only tiring but i would go as far as to say its verging on bullying now.

You could make these gifs about any outfield player on our team. Even our best player/players but its always Lukaku that gets it and its wrong.

Adds nothing to the discussion and a lot of its nitpicking and reaching.

Were posting videos of him mistiming headers now.
Say what now :lol::lol::lol: ? Sensitive much ?
 

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I said some of the worst.
We dont have the worst fans.
I would give that crown to Millwall but we do have some right toxic people who claim to "support" us.
We have seen it with Nani and Fellaini getting booed by their own fans.
Martial fans and Rashford fans hating on their lovechilds rival and none being objective.
Kagawa fans vs Rooney fans.
That god awful moyes banner.
The scapegoating of Fellaini and Lukaku.
Twice I’ve seen you say he’s being used as a scapegoat now, I can’t see that sorry.
To me a scapegoat is someone who takes the brunt of the blame for no real reason when we lose. We are wining at the moment and these gifs are still appearing, each week Lukaku gives us more gems where a ball has gone under him or he’s let it bounce and mistimed it, every week this happens! He’s not being used as a scapegoat, it’s just being pointed out how shit is technical skill is at the moment.
In fact it’s become more of a joke and accepted these days if anything because it’s not surprising people when it happens anymore but it’s not really costing us the match.
 

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I said some of the worst.
We dont have the worst fans.
I would give that crown to Millwall but we do have some right toxic people who claim to "support" us.
We have seen it with Nani and Fellaini getting booed by their own fans.
Martial fans and Rashford fans hating on their lovechilds rival and none being objective.
Kagawa fans vs Rooney fans.
That god awful moyes banner.
The scapegoating of Fellaini and Lukaku.

Have these really ever been an issue..
 

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I want Lukaku sold and I never wanted him here but he really wasn't that bad today, had some nice turns and caused them problems. Also ran about a bit more off the ball.

Swear most of you just pick a narrative and let that inform how you watch and judge a match. Just as it was with Matic and I've seen the same with Young recently.
Welcome to the caf.
 

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I said some of the worst.
We dont have the worst fans.
I would give that crown to Millwall but we do have some right toxic people who claim to "support" us.
We have seen it with Nani and Fellaini getting booed by their own fans.
Martial fans and Rashford fans hating on their lovechilds rival and none being objective.
Kagawa fans vs Rooney fans.
That god awful moyes banner.
The scapegoating of Fellaini and Lukaku.
Don't know how bad they were elsewhere in the world but the Kagawa FC in Thailand made me stop caring about him after the 2-2 draw with Spurs in 2013.
 

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I think Fellaini was a better Plan B, in the last 15 minutes of a match, against stubborn defences.
Lukaku isn't particularly good in the air or strong. I've seen him get dispossessed by defenders who are considerably lighter/smaller than him.
That's because Lukaku, despite size and width, is not so agressive as Fellaini. Fellaini would go all in even if it meant to wound his head, which actually happened a few times.
 

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We paid 85mil€ for him, he's one of the highest paid players and what are we getting in return? A shxxfest of performances since the start of the season. Just look at this sxxt
And it's not just season. Last season he fecked us against city where he literally gifted them 2 goals, missed a ton of chances when it mattered the most - Sevilla...
If he doesn't drasticly improve till the end of the season i hope we get rid cause he's making utd look like a laughing stock.
From watching that video, I still dont understand the chance against Spurs. Why is he off-balance/ falling over when taking the shot. The bit to take it around the keeper was done well, he wasnt stretching, and yet hes on his arse when hes taken the shot and it goes wide.

He missed quite a lot of one on one chances this season at key moments:
Vs Spurs at 0-0 (we lost 3nil)
Vs Brighton at 0-0 (we 3-2)
vs Leicester (though we won so it didnt matter, but given it was the first game, who knows what his confidence would be like if he had scored that).
Vs Derby (think it was at 1-0 but we went out anyway)

His confidence must be at an all time low and its affecting him. What annoys me though is how hes reacting to it. It would be one thing if hes busting a gut, trying to make things happen and its not working out, but hes not even giving that.
 

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100 percent the boos will come soon.
We have some of the worst fans in football. Extremely spoilt.
We already hear the groans from the fans when his touch lets him down but very little for the other players whos touch let them down.
For what its worth on current form i dont think he has done enough for our starting 11 but people need to stop making him a scapegoat and posting the stupid gifs.
I don't know about you, but I do think top club fans must demand exigency. We have a name to defend, there's no space for slacking.
If the player starts to fail to deliver end product for several games in a row, the fans will go themselves talk to the manager in the training ground to ask why is he playing if he's off-form. I guess in UK this doesn't happen as it should.
 

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Martial fans and Rashford fans hating on their lovechilds rival and none being objective.
Kagawa fans vs Rooney fans.
That god awful moyes banner.
The scapegoating of Fellaini and Lukaku.

Handful of people on the internet
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One idiot somewhere
Neither have been scapegoated at all.
 

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There’s definitely a racial stereotype of black players that is prevalent in English football, the ‘big unit, machine, hardworking, beastly’ one, but ‘lazy’ doesn’t apply, especially at United. We didn’t call even Kleberson lazy, Djemba twins lazy, Nani lazy (inconsistent and defensively suspect, yes, many did), or Ashley Young, or Valencia, or Rio, or Evra (even when he stopped tracking back as his stamina declined with age).

If 2/3 of the fan base (a conservative estimate) agree that Lukaku is lazy, then maybe he is, both with the naked eyes and statistics. Call it ‘less active’ if that goes down easier, but the description has nothing to do with racial stereotypes. We used to pull our hairs out over Berbatov too.
Not to mention that Kante regularly gets credit for having an unbelievable workrate.
 

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100 percent the boos will come soon.
We have some of the worst fans in football. Extremely spoilt.
We already hear the groans from the fans when his touch lets him down but very little for the other players whos touch let them down.
For what its worth on current form i dont think he has done enough for our starting 11 but people need to stop making him a scapegoat and posting the stupid gifs.
We also have some of the most arrogant and self-righteous fans in football. Fans who make an effort to belittle others who have anything negative to say, fans who take glee in going against the general consensus simply to prove they are better fans. The Ferguson era made some of our fans believe we were a special club above all others, that we operated on a higher level and were exempt from things every other club done, such as booing players.

There's nothing wrong with booing a player. It's a fecking boo to voice displeasure at a performance, it's not bullying or abuse or violence. Show some perspective for crying out loud. There's nothing wrong with being criticial of our players, because I'll tell you something the Ferguson era taught me; the standards at Manchester United are sky high, and accepting mediocrity, and lazy players should never be tolerated. That to me is more important than getting your knickers in a twist about criticising Lukaku for being shite. Get your priorities in order and start concerning yourself about the fact we have a £75m striker who is as useful as a paperweight, instead of desperately trying to belittle other people for discussing it in his player performance thread.
 

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We also have some of the most arrogant and self-righteous fans in football. Fans who make an effort to belittle others who have anything negative to say, fans who take glee in going against the general consensus simply to prove they are better fans. The Ferguson era made some of our fans believe we were a special club above all others, that we operated on a higher level and were exempt from things every other club done, such as booing players.

There's nothing wrong with booing a player. It's a fecking boo to voice displeasure at a performance, it's not bullying or abuse or violence. Show some perspective for crying out loud. There's nothing wrong with being criticial of our players, because I'll tell you something the Ferguson era taught me; the standards at Manchester United are sky high, and accepting mediocrity, and lazy players should never be tolerated. That to me is more important than getting your knickers in a twist about criticising Lukaku for being shite. Get your priorities in order and start concerning yourself about the fact we have a £75m striker who is as useful as a paperweight, instead of desperately trying to belittle other people for discussing it in his player performance thread.
You are complaining about someone belittling you for booing at a player with the team you support?
 

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Im gonna stop defending him soon.
I can see it.

For me he was actually decent,linked up well and was great for the penalty but his movement is shocking,his lack of enthusiasm is pathetic and pressing is the worst ive ever seen from a Manchester United player.

Hes actually more immobile than Berbatov and a 30 something year old Zlatan.
Is all this not bullying @Sauldogba ?

Or is it just gifs you are against?
 

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Neither have been scapegoated at all.
I agree with all that you have said except for Fellaini being a scapegoat because he always was. Unfairly treated time and time again.
 

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I agree with all that you have said except for Fellaini being a scapegoat because he always was. Unfairly treated time and time again.
He was booed once and that's about it. The club itself was bending over backwards to keep him this summer, for the sake of the prick who was in charge. He made good money, he got plenty of opportunities to play for a big club - he wasn't "unfairly treated time and time again".
 

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There’s definitely a racial stereotype of black players that is prevalent in English football, the ‘big unit, machine, hardworking, beastly’ one, but ‘lazy’ doesn’t apply, especially at United. We didn’t call even Kleberson lazy, Djemba twins lazy, Nani lazy (inconsistent and defensively suspect, yes, many did), or Ashley Young, or Valencia, or Rio, or Evra (even when he stopped tracking back as his stamina declined with age).

If 2/3 of the fan base (a conservative estimate) agree that Lukaku is lazy, then maybe he is, both with the naked eyes and statistics. Call it ‘less active’ if that goes down easier, but the description has nothing to do with racial stereotypes. We used to pull our hairs out over Berbatov too.
Some people just like throwing out the race card at any oppurtunity and try to create an issue where there is none. It detracts from where there are actual acts of racism (like that poor lad Koubially getting grief). If they want to use cards, play Gwent.

I've seen some minor improvement from Lukaku in recent games, but the standards have been consistency low all season. The very minimum he can do is be fit enough/ be willing enough to move for The ball. His performance v Valencia was the worst I saw in that regard, completely unacceptable and we have got more movement out if a British Museum statue.

It's on him at the moment and he is unfortunately playing himself out of the club
 
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He was booed once and that's about it. The club itself was bending over backwards to keep him this summer, for the sake of the prick who was in charge. He made good money, he got plenty of opportunities to play for a big club - he wasn't "unfairly treated time and time again".
I'm not talking about the board or coaches - they clearly valued him.

He was unfairly treated time and time again by fans and was constantly a scapegoat for bad team performances. Never given the appropriate credit even when he played well because he was always a figure of fun because he wasn't so easy on the eye.

There's nothing to even debate there.

Anyway this is the Lukaku thread so no need to detail it further.
 

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I'm sure I remember people posting stats when we signed him about him being an outlier - in terms of workrate - when he was at Everton. Covering less ground per game than almost any other player in the league?
Yeah. What’s even worse was that he also made very few sprints per game, which, unlike ground covered, is a crucial stat for a striker.
 

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Who were the lads adamant Lukaku is a better forward than Rashford a few months back?
 

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Who were the lads adamant Lukaku is a better forward than Rashford a few months back?
Probably the same group who chose Lukaku over Griezmann in that car crash thread just before he joined, pretty sure there was also a debate about whether he was better than Kane :houllier::lol:
 

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Probably the same group who chose Lukaku over Griezmann in that car crash thread just before he joined, pretty sure there was also a debate about whether he was better than Kane :houllier::lol:
There was one poster who said they thought Lukaku was the best player at the World Cup. That was the most memorable post of the entire World Cup on here for me :lol:
 

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Not sure why anyone finds it surprising that Lukaku gets a shit ton of stick.

No matter how he was playing, he was usually the first name on the sheet under Mourinho. If we gave Martial or Rashford a random chance up front and they didn't perform well enough, they were hung out to dry by Mourinho as he was happy to use it to tell the press to mind their business as they had feck all knowledge about football, like his "now you know why Lukaku always plays" reference. Add in Lukakus interviews, which was him bigging himself up, talking about his mentality as being rock solid, being willing to run through a brick wall for Mourinho and that's why he's a favourite, that players need to grow up and be a man, to deal with their own shit with Mourinho. People started viewing him as a teachers pet, and rightly so, with his performances being nowhere near good enough to warrant the preferable treatment he was getting. Factor in his comments about Juventus and it's hardly a surprise that he's not the most loved player at United.

In terms of his form now, no idea what's going on with him but it's blatantly obvious that he's in a shocking state at the moment. It was pointed out quite early that something didn't seem right, he looked heavier, but it took ages until people were willing to accept that he had gained muscles, Lukaku himself confirmed that later on, but we're well past the point where he should've been able to trim it down. The various clips of him letting the ball bounce instead of trying to control it reminds me of childrens football, it's the very definition of a "what the feck" moment when you see a professional footballer on more than one occasion lets the ball bounce to make it easier to control, the worrying part is that even then he fails miserably, often being outmuscled by players half his size and/or mistiming the header after the ball has bounced.

More worrying is the fact that he looks lost, he can come on in the 70th min and 5 minutes later he looks like he's been playing for 100mins. Lack of runs, often standing still, doesn't look like he's anywhere near finding his form again. It's not like i think he has a long term future at the club, but short term it would be extremely valuable to have an in form Lukaku as an option, especially now that we have a great chance of knocking out PSG and finishing 4th.
It's not surprising to me either. People are projecting their hate for Mourinho on Lukaku, because he was his favorite. Players like Rashford and Martial were mistreated by Mourinho and held back from starting because of his preferential treatment of Lukaku. I'm glad that someone actually acknowledges that this is a factor. Add in the fact that there are quite a few childish posters on here and you get a trainwreck of a thread instead of intelligent disscusion.

Don't get me wrong, Lukaku has been terrible and is rightfully criticised. I really have no idea how he has turned from a top striker in the PL to what he is now. Although the over the top and out of line stuff like the petulant name calling and ridicule being thrown at him stems from what I said above, imo. No player deserves this kind of abuse from their own fans.
 

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I'm agreeing with the idea that some people are revelling in his mistakes because they simply enjoy criticising him at this point. He's the new caf scapegoat, even as things are actually going well for us.

And while I'm not neccessarily saying he's being called a big, lazy, useless and unintelligent player simply because people are indulging in stereotype, it is unfortunate that those are negative stereotypes that have been applied to black footballers for decades. It means the thread scans in a less than pleasant way, even if we assume no particular bad intentions on anyone's part.

Though given that he wouldn't have the goalscoring record he does if he actually was just big, lazy, useless and unintelligent, it's stupid OTT criticism either way.
This is what I don't get. Even scapegoating would be understandable if we were doing badly. But we have won 9 out of 10 and people still need something to moan about.
 
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