Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed why he took the decision not to play Romelu Lukaku in Sunday’s Premier League win over Everton at Old Trafford.
According to The Mirror report citing Sky Sports sources, the Portuguese boss insists the decision was primarily based on the Belgian forward’s lack of confidence in front of goal lately.
Interestingly, the big striker has failed to score in his last eight matches for the Red Devils and has been hugely by the supporters and football pundits as well.”He is playing lots of matches. He’s not just scoring goals but fundamentally not showing lots of confidence.
“Sometimes we decide the best thing for the player is not to be on the pitch, but to be protected, away from the pressure.
“And if later he comes into game he came be positive, make a difference and back into normality.
“Romelu can score lots of goals, he is under pressure because he known for that..” added Mourinho, who later replaced Marcus Rashford.on the 65th minute with Lukaku.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have overshadowed other sports news following their heroics in this week’s Champions League matches.
On Tuesday night, Ronaldo’s hat-trick ensured Juventus see-off Atletico Madrid in the last-16 round to progress to the quarter-finals.
The Old Lady’s suffered a 2-0 defeat in the first leg clash, but their star Ronaldo, who joined the Turin-based outfit was in hand to nod home two headers alongside a spot-kick.
However, on Wednesday, Messi showed class after netting a brace in Barcelona’s 5-1 bashing of Lyon to seal their spot in the quarter-final round.
Messi, who doubles as Argentina and Barcelona captain, netted the game’s opener in the 18th minute of the match with a top-class Panenka spot-kick before tearing part Lyon’s defence line to net his second goal.
The Argentinean also assisted the pair of Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele after Philippe Coutinho scored Barca’s second.
Interestingly, the performances of Messi and Ronaldo in their respective UCL games, further revived the question of ‘who is truly the world’s greatest footballer of all time?’
According to Give Me Football, it is a herculean task to differentiate the two stars, even as Messi was rated a better player technically.
But the football website stressed Ronaldo cannot be dismissed with a wave of hand especially in big matches
At the last count, former England star Gary Lineker challenged football fans via Twitter, to pick their best after seeing the Portuguese net a hat-trick.
And after the one-day exercise over 380,000 fans participated and the following result emerged:
Lionel Messi – 62%
Cristiano Ronaldo – 38%
A further breakdown of the result revealed that mist fans opted for Messi as the greatest footballer than Ronaldo.
However, the fact remains that the duo are this generation’s greatest football players, and we should endeavour to celebrate them irrespective of your choice while they are still active.