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Mourinho ignores Lukaku goal record against top eight

Mourinho ignores Lukaku goal record against top eight

Romelu Lukaku has been backed to achieve "big things" at Manchester United by team-mate Nemanja Matic.

But Mourinho, speaking at a press conference ahead of Sunday's clash with Chelsea, insisted he was pleased with the 24-year-old's progression at Old Trafford.

Club-record purchase Lukaku, meanwhile, has scored 21 times in all competitions this season but has failed to register against any of the side now occupying the top eight positions in the Premier League.

"Romelu is a great striker", Matic told Sky Sports.

Sanchez is still to hit top form since joining United from Arsenal last month but Neville thinks that's because he's been playing out wide. It is not easy to deal with that expectation but as he's shown already he's doing well. "He's still young and can improve more and I'm sure he will do big things for Manchester United".

Gary Neville believes Jose Mourinho should consider dropping Romelu Lukaku and deploy Alexis Sanchez in a central role.

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Matic, however, is delighted to have the Chile global at the club.

"Alexis is working really hard", Matic said.

"I'm sure he will be very important for us on Sunday and for the rest of the season".

However, supporters have expressed acute frustration at Lukaku's dour performances in front of goal in games against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur this season. "We like to compare our qualities with good teams", he added.

That is a significant improvement on three defeats and a draw from his first four meetings with Chelsea as an Arsenal player, while he also came up against the Blues during his time with Barcelona, starting both legs of the 2011-12 semi-final as Chelsea picked up a famous victory on their way to lifting the trophy.

"This time I think we have both, us and them, to agree that's not the case".


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