Some Players Were Hiding – Lukaku Slams Manchester United Team-mates After 2-1 Loss To Sevilla
Romelu Lukaku has said some of his Manchester United teammate “were hiding” after the Champions League round-of-16 second leg defeat to Sevilla because of the disappointment, according to ESPN Sports.
The 2-1 loss at Old Trafford knocked United out of the competition, and the Belgian striker, who scored his side’s only goal, added that not enough was done to ensure their progression to the quarterfinals.
“Something was wrong with some players, some players were hiding,” Lukaku told BT Sport. “I think we started the game well, but then we let them get a bit of control in the game. We had a few half-chances but we didn’t score.
“Then they scored the first goal and from that moment on we tried to chase the game. Then they scored the second one which was a big blow. At the end we kept pushing, but it was not enough.
“We should have done much better today because with the quality that we have in the team, I think we should have gone through. But we didn’t deserve it because we weren’t good enough.
“Some players were hiding.” ?
“We expected better from ourselves, we didn’t show the quality we have.” ?
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“We should have scored earlier, I think maybe in the first half with the half-chances that we created. The last pass today was not good enough — we always get in the right position but the last pass to each other was not good enough and I think that’s what killed us today.”
When asked to clarify his comments about United players hiding, Lukaku said: “I mean in the dressing room because some people were disappointed with the result because we expected better from ourselves.
“We know we have a lot of quality in the team but today we didn’t show it. It’s difficult for us but we have to bounce back. We have one trophy to go and chase and that’s the FA Cup.
“We want to go very far in the Champions League because that’s what a club like Manchester United needs to do and we didn’t do it today so we’re disappointed.”
Lukaku later added on Instagram that he was not criticising his teammates for anything that happened on the pitch.
“Never will I criticise my teammates! Hiding your face when you’re upset in the dressing room is normal… The result is terrible but we’re Manchester United we will bounce back for sure with your support!
“Another big game coming up time to prepare for that one! 200 Goals now in my young career but it’s time to add trophies in my career… time to work even harder.”