Champions League

Lukaku denies criticising United team-mates

2018-03-14 10:38
Romelu Lukaku.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku denied reports that he had claimed some of his team-mates seemed to be hiding during a defeat to Sevilla on Tuesday.

Lukaku later took to Instagram to explain that he was referring to players hiding their faces in the changing room in disappointment after the defeat instead of during the game.

The Red Devils were knocked out of the Champions League 2-1 on aggregate at the last-16 stage after a brace from Wissam Ben Yedder put the visitors two goals clear in the second leg, before a consolation goal from Lukaku.

United's Belgian star was disappointed with the unexpected defeat at Old Trafford and was quoted as saying that his team never played to their true ability.

"Something was wrong with some players, some players were hiding," Lukaku told BT Sport. 

"I think we started the game well, but then we let them get a bit of control in the game. We had a few half-chances but we didn't score.

"Then they scored the first goal and from that moment on we tried to chase the game. Then 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 much better today because with the quality that we have in the team, I think we should have gone through. But we didn't deserve it because we weren't good enough.

"We should have scored earlier, I think maybe in the first half with the half-chances that we created. The last pass today was not good enough - we always get in the right position but the last pass to each other was not good enough and I think that's what killed us today."

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