Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku’s behaviour is “reflecting” that of his manager Jose Mourinho, according to UK sport psychologist Phil Johnson.
The Belgium international joined the Red Devils in the summer and although he hit the ground running earlier in the season, he has since come under fire for a goal drought.
Before netting against Bournemouth and West Brom in his last two matches, Lukaku had scored twice in 14 games.
He chose not to celebrate either of his last two goals in the Premier League and Johnson thinks his current attitude has mirrored Mourinho’s recent tetchiness.
“Romelu Lukaku’s behaviour is reflecting Jose Mourinho,” Johnson told BetStars News.
“I know the Belgium management team. Lukaku is a young guy, like Anthony Martial, who needs support.
“If he played for Pep Guardiola, he would have a totally different relationship where he would receive a different style of support than what he gets from Mourinho.
“Lukaku needs the ball to score. Look at Radamel Falcao when he went to United and he only scored a couple of goals, then comes back to Monaco and he’s top scorer.
“At Everton they played to Lukaku’s strengths, but they aren’t doing that at United, despite his good start.
“I think for Lukaku not to celebrate is disrespectful to his teammates, to himself and it reflects his manager’s approach.”