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Lukaku takes to so­cial me­dia af­ter crit­i­cism over ‘hid­ing’ com­ment

New Straits Times - - SPORT - Mail Daily

ROMELU Lukaku has moved to clar­ify his as­ton­ish­ing ac­cu­sa­tion that some of his Manch­ester United team­mates were “hid­ing” dur­ing their 2-1 Cham­pi­ons League de­feat to Sevilla.

The Bel­gian striker, who scored what proved to be a late con­so­la­tion goal at Old Traf­ford, caused a stir by say­ing “some­thing were flawed with some play­ers, some play­ers were hid­ing” in a post-match in­ter­view.

How­ever, Lukaku in­sists he meant that some of his team­mates were hid­ing their faces in the dress­ing room af­ter­wards, rather than in their per­for­mance on the pitch.

In an In­sta­gram post, Lukaku wrote: “Never will I crit­i­cise my team­mates! Hid­ing your face when you’re up­set in the dress­ing room is nor­mal...

“The re­sult is ter­ri­ble but we’re @manch­esterunited we will bounce back for sure with your sup­port!

“Another big game com­ing up time to pre­pare for that one! 200 Goals now in my young ca­reer but it’s time to add tro­phies in my ca­reer... time to work even harder.”

Clearly smart­ing from the loss, Lukaku told BT Sport: “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.

“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.”

Lukaku did try and clar­ify his “hid­ing” com­ment later in the same in­ter­view but clearly felt the need to take to so­cial me­dia af­ter fac­ing crit­i­cism.

He said on BT Sport: “Not hid­ing, but I mean in the dress­ing room, be­cause some peo­ple were dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult be­cause we ex­pected bet­ter from our­selves.

“We know we have a lot of qual­ity in the team but to­day we didn’t show it. So, it was dif­fi­cult for us. We have to bounce back, we have one tro­phy to chase, and 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 need to do, and we didn’t do it to­day so we’re very dis­ap­pointed.”

United, who trail ri­vals Manch­ester City by 16 points in the Premier League, have one more shot at sil­ver­ware this sea­son and host Brighton in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the FA Cup on Sat­ur­day evening.

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