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Neville confused by Lukaku muscle gain; questions staff responsible for player’s preparation

Everyone is trying to get to the bottom of Romelu Lukaku’s woeful form of late…

The player himself revealed that the amount of muscle he had put on over the summer was taking toll on him in the Premier League and he needed to shred it in order to adjust, as per Sky Sports.

Neville, like the rest of us, was confused how this could happen.

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“I struggle with the weight thing and maybe that’s just because of how I was as a footballer,” Neville told Monday Night Football, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“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.”

If this is the root of Lukaku’s problems this season, it really is unacceptable that the Belgium or United staff allowed him to get this big.

I recall being in the mixed zone when United visited Dublin before Mourinho’s second season in charge. Lukaku came out of the dressing room and passed the press. He was slim but extremely muscular and put that to good effect last season.

The point being he didn’t need to get bigger or stronger. He was fine the way he was and had been improving his all round game at Old Trafford, on the rise and ready to take the Premier League by storm, but these past few months have been a disaster for the former Everton striker.

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