Manchester United legend Gary Neville criticised Romelu Lukaku for missing a great chance in the first-half against Tottenham in tonight’s Premier League defeat.
Neville, appearing on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, conceded it was a slightly harder chance than it looked due to being on his weaker foot, but he also says there’s no excuse for a player of his calibre to be missing an opportunity like that.
He is undoubtedly one of Europe’s best centre-forwards and has scored harder goals that in his career, but he has returned rusty from a long summer, which saw him and Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals.
With the game goalless at half-time, it proved costly as Tottenham ran rampant following the interval and scored three as Harry Kane nicked one and Louis Moura scored a brace to finish United off.
‘It’s right foot, bending away from goal, [Toby] Alderweireld is coming back so it wasn’t as easy as it looks,’ the former United captain is quoted in the Metro.
‘If you look at it there, it looks simple. But at full speed… look, he should score.
‘There’s no defence for a player of his quality. He should score and it’s a big moment in the game.
‘You get the feeling at this point in the game Spurs could have gone under if United carried on as they were.’
Manager Jose Mourinho reacted angrily to a question in his post-match press conference. You can watch that here, but the quotes above suggest that he is not the only United figure frustrated after tonight’s result.