MANCHESTER UNITED striker Romelu Lukaku is a ‘pussycat’ in comparison to Juventus counterpart Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lukaku put in an indifferent display on Tuesday night as Manchester United lost 1-0 to Juventus in the Champions League group stages.
The Belgian has been rather ineffective this term, managing just four goals in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho has failed to bring the best out of him and against Juve, he was overshadowed by Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala, with the latter grabbing the winner at Old Trafford.
And Martin Keown was quick to stick the knife in, suggesting that Lukaku looked rather timid and he isn’t using the full physical assets he has unlike Ronaldo.
“When Manchester United returned to the field for the second half against Juventus, Romelu [Lukaku] emerged from the tunnel much later than his team-mates,” Keown wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
“He looked like he would rather have been anywhere else.
This is a striker who is blessed with brute strength and electrifying pace.
“He should be roaring like a lion, but on Tuesday he played like a pussy cat — and not for the first time.
“Lukaku was bullied all night long by Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, the Juventus centre halves.
“I cannot remember him winning a single contest in the air.
“I do have some sympathy for Lukaku. He was not solely to blame for United’s defeat.
“Jose Mourinho got his tactics all wrong and his side looked completely ill-prepared to face the Italian champions.
“But it is at times like this when as a player you have to roll up your sleeves and be prepared to die for the cause.
“You say to yourself: ‘I may not believe in the tactics but I’m going to battle, scrap and make life as uncomfortable as possible for my opponent’.”
Describing in further detail why Lukaku suffered, Keown continued: “Contrast Lukaku’s movement with that of Cristiano Ronaldo.
“The Juventus forward started on the left but often found himself in central positions.
“With United, everything seems fixed and wooden. Everyone is isolated.
“Lukaku looks like a traffic warden when he points at team-mates to tell them where to go but he does not offer any movement himself.
“When United’s full backs were in possession, Lukaku did not come across to the flanks to offer himself.”
Lukaku will hope to be back among the goals when he faces his former club Everton on Sunday (4pm).