Romelu Lukaku: Manchester United “players were hiding”

Romelu Lukaku: Manchester United “players were hiding”


Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has accused some of his teammates of going into “hiding” during their 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Champions League.

Two goals to substitute Yasin Ben Yedder saw the Red Devils crash out of the knockout competition, while Lukaku grabbed a consolation goal.

And Lukaku believes he and his teammates failed to make the most of a strong start to the contest.

“Something was wrong with some players, some players were hiding,” he told BT Sport.

“I think we started the game well, but then we let them get a bit of control in the game. We had a few half-chances but we didn’t score.

“Then they scored the first goal and from that moment on we tried to chase the game. Then they scored the second one which was a big blow. At the end we kept pushing, but it was not enough.

 “We should have done much better today because with the quality that we have in the team, I think we should have gone through. But we didn’t deserve it because we weren’t good enough.
“We should have scored earlier, I think maybe in the first half with the half-chances that we created. The last pass today was not good enough – we always get in the right position but the last pass to each other was not good enough and I think that’s what killed us today.”
Jose Mourinho’s men will now turn their attentions to an FA Cup quarter-final with Brighton this weekend, with Lukaku confident of a response at Old Trafford.
“In the dressing room some people are disappointed with the result because we expected better from ourselves,” Lukaku said.

“We knew we have a lot of quality in our team but today we didn’t show it. It’s difficult for us but we have to bounce back and we have one trophy to go and chase.

“That’s the FA Cup but we wanted to go very far in the Champions League because that’s what a club like Manchester United needs to do. But we couldn’t do it today and that’s why we’re disappointed.”