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Neville blasts ‘unfit’ Lukaku after Chelsea draw

Gary Neville has blasted the fitness of Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian international has failed to score since a double in the win at Paris Saint-Germain on March 6, and despite starting yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea brightly the 26-year-old looked physically exhausted during the first-half before fading into obscurity during the second period.

Former Manchester United defender Neville was critical of Lukaku’s condition, questioning the 25-year-old’s fitness.

‘Lukaku is the most interesting for me. You watch him for 25 mins today and he looks like a world beater. Then you see him make one big run and he looks absolutely shot,”  Neville told Sky Sports.

‘He was a brilliant performer today, then you say to yourself he always looks tired after one or two big runs. He’s a big decision. I’ve got very little sympathy for anyone who’s unfit as a professional footballer.’

‘Football players they’re like a clock ticking, they should know their bodies inside out. You get to that point as a football player there’s a routine. I’m not sure how he hasn’t corrected it and found a system during the week which is his training, his nutrition.

‘It’s not a reflection against the sport science of the club, it’s something that’s not quite right.’

Fellow pundit Alex Scott was in agreement with Neville, saying there are no excuses for being unfit as a professional footballer.

‘I don’t understand how we can sit and make excuses for him. He knows he’s unfit, how’s he allowed to get away with that as a pro footballer?’ She added.

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