Romelu Lukaku is the latest Manchester United star to consider his future with the club amid discontent in his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.
Fellow superstars Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez have already seen their futures at Old Trafford left up in the air in recent times, with tense relations between United’s stars and Mourinho proving a debilitating factor this season.
Belgian star Lukaku is now said to be the latest big name to become unsettled with life at the Theatre of Dreams. The Sun reports that the 25-year-old has grown frustrated with Mourinho, having endured a tough spell out of favour under the Portuguese’s management.
It is said that Lukaku would consider a surprise exit from Old Trafford if his lack of selection continues, having made 14 Premier League appearances this term. Four of those run outs have come as a substitute, however, including Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.
A lack of consistency as United’s first choice focal point in attack this season has cost Lukaku the kind of regularity in goal scoring form which he has become accustomed to in the Premier League. The Belgian has struck just five league goals this term.
Jose has found his 'mad dogs' 🐶@ManUtd boss Jose Mourinho praised the attitude of his "special players" such as Ander Herrera and @MarcusRashford and was pleased with their effort against @Arsenal— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) December 7, 2018
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Marcus Rashford was given the nod as the spearhead of United’s frontline in the midweek draw with old rivals Arsenal, suggesting that Lukaku is no longer Mourinho’s go-to man in attack for the big games. The Belgian has started just two games since October.
It is said that United’s hierarchy are aware of Lukaku’s current discontent, with particular concern over his languishing on the side lines. However, his long-term contract with United would apparently make it difficult to offload the £75m star in January.
Lukaku will be looking to return to form and favour under Mourinho as United host Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday, with the Red Devils on a run of four league games without a win.