Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku has fought off criticism after being branded a ‘flat-track bully,’ after he failed to find the back of the net against Liverpool on Saturday.
The Belgium international who signed to United from Everton on a £75million transfer fee with add-ons on a five-year contract, had huge success initially at Anfield, scoring 11 goals in 10 games.
But after averaging 4.4 shots per game before Saturday’s match, statistics released after the game showed the 24-year-old enjoyed fewer touches of the ball than both goalkeepers, David De Gea and Simon Mignolet during the insipid goalless draw!
The striker whacked a shot across goal from 15 yard in the 43rd minute causing a debate as to whether it was a good save from Mignolet or bad miss on Lukaku’s part.
“I don’t think too much about it. I just move on, I know expectations are really high but that is something I relish,” said the striker following the game.
“When I was at Everton we have a different mindset going into games. Sometimes it was difficult against some teams when you play not to win and you don’t really create chances. Now I am in a team who want to win against big teams so I think the situation will change.
“I don’t put pressure on myself. The biggest pressure for me came in the European Super Cup against Real Madrid (in August) as that was the game when everyone was looking at me thinking, ‘Will he do it?’ That game (in which he scored in a 2-1 defeat) freed me from everything.
“People will say this and that but I am in a situation where the team is performing really well even though there is a lot of work to do.
“The biggest strength is knowing you are going to score and knowing you are going to miss.
“A lot of strikers miss bigger chances than me but with me it is always, ‘Rom did this, Rom did that’.
“That is the standard I’ve set myself. It is something that happens in football and I am relaxed about it.”