Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has claimed that Jose Mourinho has struggled to get the best out of Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United.

Lukaku joined the Red Devils in the summer of 2017 from Everton reuniting with his former Chelsea boss Mourinho.

The Belgium international, who signed a five-year contract at Old Trafford, has cost the club an initial £75m, plus £15m in add-ons.

However, the 25-year-old has struggled to make his mark under Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho.

And former Premier League star Cascarino, who turned to punditry, has insisted that Mourinho has mismanaged Lukaku at United.

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Cascarino wrote in his column for The Times: “I watched Belgium play Brazil in the quarter-finals and it was clear that Romelu [Lukaku] and Eden [Hazard] were giving their absolute all.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen Hazard work so hard in a game.”

“Fast-forward to the start of the season and he was eased into the Chelsea line-up by Maurizio Sarri, playing 14 minutes in their first game against Huddersfield Town and then 29 minutes against Arsenal.”

“Sarri realised that Hazard needed a rest so he took him out of the firing line.”

“The same cannot be said for Jose [Mourinho’s] management of Lukaku.”

“The striker came on as a substitute in their opening match against Leicester City but then played every minute of their next 12 matches, despite his form wavering and him looking short of fitness.”

“When people look at football and say that players don’t train enough compared with other sports, it drives me crazy.”

“Modern-day players do everything they can to be as fit as possible and, because they work so hard during the week and in matches, injuries become inevitable.”

“Someone has to step in and protect players when they are with their clubs, the manager or the medical team.”

“It is no surprise that the three unbeaten teams this season are ones at which the managers are juggling their squads.”

“Sarri has used Hazard wisely, Pep Guardiola has rotated his Manchester City midfield to keep them fresh and, at Liverpool, Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum have been outstanding.”

Lukaku, who netted 27 goals in 51 appearances his first season at United, scored just four times so far this season in all competitions.

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