Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has explained why he believes Romelu Lukaku is currently experiencing a small goal drought at the club.
The Belgian striker hasn’t scored for his team since before the October international break but has managed to grab himself two assists with the one that helped Anthony Marital score the winner against Tottenham particularly important.
However, his month long goal draught for the club has left United fans a little frustrated and concerned with his performances of late.
Jose Mourinho fiercely defended his star forward, saying Lukaku should be untouchable and receive no criticism from fans.
The manager clearly believes Romelu is doing everything right but just hasn’t been on the scoresheet and Scholes believes the issue may be mental more than anything else.
According to The Faithful MUFC, Paul said: “He has to demand it himself. He might be short on confidence. He should push everyone out of the way and say ‘I’m getting on the score sheet’.
“I think the criticism came from the Liverpool game where his hold-up play wasn’t great. I don’t think Mkhitaryan helped him and he hasn’t had much support since then.
He [Lukaku] has to be strong and use his frame and he does have to get better, but he does need support as well.”
The former Everton man has been left a little isolated in recent games and that may be the reason he hasn’t scored of late.
He has had his fair share of half-chances but no real clear cut chance for him to take as he tries to lead his team from the front.
Lukaku though is at one of the biggest club’s in the world and most know that playing in a Mourinho team may mean the need to be efficient and convert half-chances too.
Having said that, Romelu does need better support from his teammates with Henrikh Mkhitaryan particularly disappointing in recent weeks.
The Armenian started the season in fine form but has also fizzled out with his risky passing nature frustrating fans at Old Trafford time and again.
Jesse Lingard has offered better support to Lukaku but Mourinho will be hoping to have Zlatan Ibrahimovic available as soon as possible in order to rest the clearly burnt-out Belgian.