Man Utd news: Mourinho took penalty off Lukaku because of Chelsea and Real Madrid memories

Man Utd news: Mourinho took penalty off Lukaku because of Chelsea and Real Madrid memories

Manchester United fans were stunned yesterday when Mourinho stopped Lukaku taking a spot-kick against Benfica.

Daley Blind instead took on the role and scored, with Anthony Martial missing earlier in the game.

Lukaku missed against Leicester earlier in the season where his lacklustre effort was saved by Peter Schmeichel.

And the Manchester Evening News say that Mourinho stripped the Belgium international of the duty because of memories from his time as Chelsea and Real Madrid manager.

It is said the 54-year-old wants a settled taker at Manchester United because he deems penalties too important.

While at Chelsea, players missing spotkicks cost him the chance of Champions League glory.

The Blues famously lost to Liverpool on penalties in 2007, with Arjen Robben and Geremi fluffing their lines.

And Lukaku’s miss in the European Super Cup game between Chelsea and Bayern also rankled with Mourinho.

The MEN also say that Mourinho is also still hurting from his time at Real Madrid.

Los Blancos made the semi-finals in 2012 after losing to Bayern Munich in the shootout.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Sergio Ramos all missed as Bayern went through to the final.

And, as an added insult, the Bundesliga side then beat Borussia Dortmund to win the trophy.

Blind was United’s third penalty taker of the season after Lukaku and Martial.

But whether the Dutchman stays in the role remains to be seen.

The Red Devils are next in action against Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday (16.30pm). 

They will go up against a Blues team in freefall with Antonio Conte’s side slumping to a 3-0 defeat to Roma last night.

Published at Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:13:33 +0000

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