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Pundits praise Lukaku after impressive display against Chelsea

Romelu Lukaku put in another impressive display for Manchester United in their crucial 2-1 win over Chelsea, earning himself praise from two of Sky’s regular pundits.

Lukaku scored an equaliser six minutes before half time after Willian had put Chelsea ahead. It was the first goal he has scored against any of the current top six Premier League sides this season.

The Belgian then held the ball up well, before putting in an excellent cross in which Jesse Lingard headed past Thibaut Courtois to seal the victory.

Speaking after the game, former Liverpool defender and now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was full of praise for the striker:

“It’s a big result for Man Utd today, but it feels like an even bigger game for Lukaku, coming against a former club and having been questioned all season – and rightly so, sometimes a little bit harsh.

“Will that criticism ever go away? He’ll have to consistently score in big games. It’s not easy, and I’m not saying he would have to score every time.

“Psychologically you could see how unhappy he was when Geoff was pushing him with questions about goals against the top six.

“But what he also does now, for the winning goal, I’ve always felt he’s just a goalscorer, there isn’t too much more to his play, he’s not great at hold-up at times and he doesn’t work the channels, but this just answers me and plenty of his critics – there is more to his game.”

Meanwhile, fellow pundit Graeme Souness added:

“I’m a fan. Forty games now, 22 goals, it’s the hardest place to play football and the hardest position on the pitch – that and the goalkeeper. It’s about how many games you play and how many goals you score.

“He does a great job. He’s not playing in a team that’s filled with cute and clever passers of the ball. A lot of them are crumbs he’s feeding on. I think he’s doing – not a great job – but a very good job in the team he’s playing in.

“I think he’s a handful. I think you can get in a race with him but you can’t outmuscle him. Maybe out-think him occasionally, but I think he’s a proper handful.”

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