GORDON STRACHAN has admitted that he’s felt sorry for Romelu Lukaku in recent times.
The Manchester United forward has been battling to find his best form and has looked off the pace this season.
He struggled towards the end of Jose Mourinho’s reign and has largely watched from the sidelines under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has opted to play Marcus Rashford up top more often than not.
And former United midfielder Strachan thinks Lukaku’s team-mates aren’t being overly helpful to him at the moment.
But with the tide turning at Old Trafford and the wins racking up, Strachan can see the green shoots of recovery for Lukaku and everyone connected with the club.
Strachan said on Sky Sports: “For a year and a half I’ve seen Martial standing on the left wing, and he picks it up and drives with his right foot.
“It’s like watching the same thing over and over again – sliding doors – and Lukaku being on his own all the time and having to come to the ball, which is not what he’s best at.
“The first goal Martial scored against Cardiff was from the inside-right position. I don’t think I’d seen him there for a year-and-a-half.
“He’s moved other there, he’s getting closer to the strikers and the full-backs are getting on.
“There’s a wee bit of thought of how we get round the main striker – whoever he is.
“I felt sorry for Lukaku because if he’s at the end of the moves, he’s as good as you get.
“Good teams like Spurs manage to get people around Harry Kane, whether it’s Dele Alli running in behind, or [Lucas] Moura or [Christen] Eriksen, so he’s never isolated.
“I think that’s one of things that’s happened at Manchester United. They have got somebody around the main striker and there’s more movement.
“They are playing closer together. If you watch the good teams, they always play closer.
“I always thought Manchester United look stretched out – one playing there, one playing over there, one through the middle.
“The three there never went anywhere apart from their areas. If you shut your eyes, they’d still be in the same spots.”