ROMELU Lukaku has turned heads after Manchester United’s exit against Sevilla, accusing some of his teammates of “hiding” in the Champions League humiliation.
The Belgian scored a late goal to bring the score back to 2-1 at Old Trafford, but he even admitted his side didn’t deserve to be in Europe’s final eight.
His comments will now spark an inquest into who he was pointing the finger at: was it new colleague Alexis Sanchez, who struggled; the midfield pair, who couldn’t get a dominant grip on the game; or was it someone defensively?
“Some things were flawed with some players, some players were hiding. The deception was really big, because you know I think we started the game well, and then we started to let them have control in the game,” he told BT Sport.
‘Then we had a few half chances but we didn’t really score, and then they scored the first goal.
‘From that moment on we tried to chase the game and 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 better because the bit of quality we have in the team, we should have went through. We didn’t deserve it because we weren’t good enough.”
Lukaku reduced United’s arrears, but it was too little, too late with Mourinho’s decision to once again drop Paul Pogba certain to be scrutinised.
“In the first half we played a good game apart from the last 30 metres,” said Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella.
“In the second half we were more clinical with Ben Yedder, he made the difference today.”
Lukaku’s goal breathed a small bit of life into the game, which turned upon Ben Yedder’s introduction.
“Manchester United have experience in the Champions League, it was a special game for us,” said Ben Yedder.
“But I believed in myself, believed in the team and we showed we are a great team.”