Romelu Lukaku had a virtually perfect Premier League debut for Manchester United on Sunday. Or so you thought.
The £75million summer signing announced his arrival at Old Trafford with a brace in the 4-0 win over West Ham.
It was a performance that had fans of the Red Devils purring with excitement.
However, Thierry Henry managed to put a huge dent in that enthusiasm by pulling apart Lukaku’s performance.
While admitting the Belgian enjoyed a fine afternoon, the former Arsenal striker noticed a few things amiss. ‘There is some stuff he can work on,’ said the Frenchman.
Providing analysis for Sky Sports, Henry highlighted four moments in the match where Lukaku should have done better…
‘When Valencia gets the ball that has to be your run,’ said Henry as he highlighted Lukaku standing statically. ‘He doesn’t do it and Pogba ends up doing it [making the run]. It is something he can improve on.’
‘Don’t let the ball dictate where you are supposed to go. You dictate what’s going to happen,’ said Henry as he pointed out a moment the ball broke to Matic in the middle of midfield.
Lukaku should have made a better run for the Serbian to pass to, Henry felt.
He said: ‘You need to dictate where that ball’s going to go. Make it easier for Matic.’
With Lukaku having just won a header, Henry felt he should have immediately then set off to get in the box.
‘You have to break your leg to get in the box- you are a goalscorer! You have to. He didn’t go and he could have been there waiting for the ball.’
Highlighting a moment in which Lukaku gave away possession in his own half, Henry said: ‘This is something he has to work on because that was at 2-0 and that ball nearly went in [for West Ham to pull one back].
‘This is the thing he has to work on – possession lost – 18 [times Lukaku lost the ball]. That’s a tiny bit too much.’