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Jose Mourinho: Romelu Lukaku lacking confidence

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku

Jose Mourinho admits Romelu Lukaku is lacking confidence but believes goals will soon arrive for the Manchester United striker.

Lukaku has gone eight club games without scoring a goal, though he did net twice on international duty with Belgium earlier this month.

He endured a difficult night on Tuesday as United fell 1-0 at home to Juventus in the Champions League, and while Mourinho was hesitant to criticise the 25-year-old, he conceded the forward is suffering from a dip in form.

Mourinho said: “No criticism at all, a complete understanding the player is a fantastic pro that wants to give everything.

“But I have to agree his moment is not sweet, not just with the goals he is not scoring but in his confidence, movement, touch, he is not linking the game well with the team – but he’s our striker and he’s a good striker and a striker we believe in.

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“He is a hard-working guy, one day the goal will arrive and the confidence will be back.”

United welcome Lukaku’s former club Everton to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.

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