Neville explains why he wouldn’t play Lukaku at Liverpool

Gary Neville has expressed his surprise at Romelu Lukaku’s admission that he has felt overweight this season, while he doesn’t think Jose Mourinho should start the striker against Liverpool at the weekend.

The Belgium international scored his second goal in three matches in United’s 4-1 victory over Fulham on Saturday after a barren run in the Premier League.

He has struggled to stay in Mourinho’s team in recent weeks and Neville thinks the Portuguese coach should stick with “mobility” over Lukaku when the Red Devils travel to Anfield on Sunday.

When asked whether he would start Lukaku against Liverpool at the weekend, Neville told Sky Sports: “No. No, I’d go with the mobility. I’d go with the ones that have been playing.

“I think the Lukaku who played at the World Cup for Belgium could make this team easily, but the Lukaku who has played for Manchester United this season is lacking confidence.”

Neville also commented on Lukaku’s admission that he felt overweight this season, Neville added: “I struggle with the weight thing and maybe that’s just because of how I was as a footballer.

“You could never take a chance with preparation. You could play badly, you could give goals away, you could make mistakes, you could miss chances, whatever type of player you are, these things happen in games. But actually, don’t take a chance with preparation.

“Do I turn up every morning? Do I eat the right things? Do I go into the gym at the right times? Do I follow the programme?

“You can argue whether he has got the right programme and then you start to question your coaching staff and things like that, but I really do question that.

“In the modern age when you have 55 staff supporting every team, nutritionists, strength and conditioning coaches, I struggle to understand how a player can be allowed to feel like he has too much muscle or is overweight. Particularly when he’s fit.”


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