Manchester United’s Eric Bailly has said that his team need to stop the threat of Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku on Sunday.
Chelsea will hope to continue their momentum at the top of the Premier League table when they host Man United tomorrow at Stamford Bridge.
In fairness, Lukaku’s going into this weekend’s league fixture without playing since 20 October.
The 28-year-old striker has been sidelined through injury for over a month, but did feature on the bench in midweek during the 4-0 Champions League victory over Juventus.
It would be a surprise to many to see him in the starting line-up tomorrow. However, second-guessing manager Thomas Tuchel is a risky strategy.
Man United defender Bailly has nonetheless highlighted the danger that Lukaku could pose at the weekend.
“Lukaku is a good, good striker, a good player and yeah, we have to stop the big guy and try to win the game,” Bailly said.
“Tough guy, strong guy, he runs quick. You know, we have some good players to try to stop him and I hope we are in good form and we’ll go to London and fight to try to win this game.”
Likewise, Man United’s caretaker boss Michael Carrick has praised Lukaku in his pre-match comments.
Imminent Lukaku return big boost for Chelsea
Of course, Chelsea have been scoring goals and been coping well during Lukaku’s injury absence. However, he’s the go-to striker that cost £97.5million in the summer.
Tuchel should feel no need to rush the Belgian powerhouse back this weekend if he’s not ready, but it was great to see him on the bench against Juventus.
He definitely gives the Blues a different dimension in the final third, something which will be crucial to go all the way in the league title race.
Lukaku, who scored 42 goals in 96 games during his time at Old Trafford, is obviously familiar to numerous Man United players. He would surely love to get on the pitch to make an impact against his ex-teammates.
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