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Romelu Lukaku: Manchester United striker should have been banned - Ian Wright

Romelu Lukaku: Manchester United striker should have been banned - Ian Wright

Manchester United welcomed a stubborn Brighton unit at Old Trafford at the weekend and despite several attempts, the Devils could only manage a single goal, courtesy of a deflected effort from left-back Ashley Young.

The incident was missed by referee Neil Swarbrick, meaning that the Football Association (FA) were permitted to intervene and reviewe the evidence provided it was also omitted from his post-match report.

Lukaku earned praise from his manager for his work rate during the narrow 1-0 win over Brighton at Old Trafford on Saturday.

As it is, Lukaku is free to make his 200th Premier League appearance at Vicarage Road. The Brighton fullback did remarkably well to not react, nor complain to the officials.

But the FA have opted against punishing the Belgian and former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher agrees with that verdict.

"It has to be violent or brutality and it's not really either to me".

Lukaku, who has scored in only one of his last 10 games, has come under increasing scrutiny in recent times due to his goal drought.




Although still comfortably United's top scorer with 12 goals to his name in 20 appearances across all competitions to date, the Belgium worldwide, a £75m ($100.3m) summer arrival from Everton, has now netted in only one of his last 10 appearances at club level - a late effort in the 4-1 comeback defeat of Newcastle United on 18 November.

"As soon as I saw it, I thought they will probably look at it". So Romelu, for me, [is] fantastic.

"Didn't score, I don't care".

But Mourinho focused on his workrate in a Man United shirt.

"I am not talking about a petulant reaction to a penalty-box wrestle with an opponent, but rather his performance".

"I have described Lukaku as a pussycat, whereas Manchester United want a lion on display (and we all know which animal Zlatan Ibrahimovic likes to compare himself to)".


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