Romelu Lukaku has said that it was the heavy bulking during the World Cup 2018 that led to his poor form at Manchester United.
The Belgian striker said that he had to lose weight after adding too much muscle to his body during his nation’s glorious World Cup campaign, where they finished at the third spot.
Manchester United attacker Romelu Lukaku has said that his poor form at club level is due to the extra weight he had to put on during the World Cup 2018 campaign in Russia. The 25-year-old has struggled throughout the season so far and has been in and out of the side, notching up only six so far in 20 matches in all competitions to show for his efforts.
The Belgian international said, “I added a little bit of muscle at the World Cup, I just felt great and I think I played great over there [in Russia], but when I came back it is a different style of football.”
He added, “In the Premier League I cannot play with the same amount of muscle as I do in international football. When I came back I knew straight away, I cannot play in this style. I had to lose muscle basically. So you just stay out of the gym, drink a lot of water, eat a lot of vegetables and fish and it helps.”
Lukaku scored in the 4-1 routing of Fulham in their last match by Manchester United. He said, “I had good conversations with the manager in the last couple of days [before the Fulham game], when he told me what he wanted from me. And I know from my side I have to do better. I wasn’t playing with enough intensity or aggression. But against Fulham I think I played with intensity like everybody else did.”