Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has criticised Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku after refusing to start in FA Cup final on Saturday evening.

Lukaku picked up an ankle injury last month during United’s 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Old Trafford in the Premier League showdown.

It was reported that the Belgium international could start in the FA Cup final against Chelsea, but Mourinho revealed that Lukaku himself decided to start on the bench.

“I’ve never once, in my whole career, said that I can’t play when asked if I could – unless I physically can’t run about,” Murphy told talkSPORT.

“I’ve played with all sorts [of injuries]. Some players feel like they have to be 100% to play. If that were the case, I’d never play. United fans must be absolutely fuming if that’s true.”

“If he’s got something pretty bad and thinks he’s struggling, you can’t go on the bench. What if Marcus Rashford had come off? The manager should’ve said to him ‘you’re starting if you can’t start then don’t go on the bench’.”

Result would have been different if Romelu Lukaku started the FA Cup Final

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The 24-year-old, who will represent Belgium at the 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer, has scored 16 league goals and 7 assists for United.

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