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Neville reveals why Lukaku should be benched for Liverpool clash

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has said Romelu Lukaku should not return to the United team for their clash with fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

United travel to Anfield to face the unbeaten league leaders this weekend and after watching his former side beat Fulham 4-1 on Saturday, believes last season’s top scorer should remain amongst the substitutes.

“No. No, I’d go with the mobility. I’d go with the ones that have been playing.’’ Neville told Sky Sports.

“I think the Lukaku who played at the World Cup for Belgium could make this team easily, but the Lukaku who has played for Manchester United this season is lacking confidence.”

“I struggle with the weight thing and maybe that’s just because of how I was as a footballer.

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“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.”

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