Romelu Lukaku clarifies ‘hiding’ comments after Champions League exit
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has moved to clarify comments he made after his team’s Champions League exit.
United were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Sevilla on Tuesday night and after the match Lukaku, who scored his team’s goal on the night, said that some players were “hiding”.
"Some things were flawed with some players, some players were hiding,” the forward, 24, said.
Manchester United's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku reacts after losing a last 16 second leg UEFA Champions League football match between Manchester United and Sevilla at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England on March 13, 2018.Getty Images
"The deception was really big, because you know I think we started the game well, and then we started to let them have control in the game.
"Then we had a few half chances but we didn't really score, and then they scored the first goal.
"From that moment on we tried to chase the game and they scored the second one which was a big blow. At the end we kept pushing but it was not enough.
"We should have done better because the bit of quality we have in the team, we should have went through. We didn't deserve it because we weren't good enough."
Plenty of supporters took this as a criticism from Lukaku of his team-mates but the forward took to Instagram to post a clarification about what he meant.
"Never will i criticise my teammates! "
"Hiding your face when you’re upset in the dressing room is normal..." Lukaku wrote.
"The result is terrible but we’re Manchester United we will bounce back for sure with your support! Another big game coming up time to prepare for that one!
"200 Goals now in my young career but it’s time to add trophies in my career... time to work even harder."