Romelu Lukaku has point to prove against Umtiti when United face Barcelona
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a decision to make between Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford this week against Barcelona.
While it could come down to Rashford’s fitness, Lukaku has extra motivation to produce.
Lukaku would be going up against Samuel Umtiti, the man who inflicted the most painful defeat of his career.
Last summer Lukaku’s Belgium came unstuck in the World Cup semi-final against eventual winners France.
Lukaku drew a blank against centre-back Umtiti, who turned matchwinner, scoring France’s goal in the 1-0 win.
The United striker had a slow start to the season, possibly hurt by his exploits and near miss at the World Cup.
Lukaku has shown flashes of inspiration and improvement under Solskjaer. His brace against PSG in the last 16 second leg got us to this stage.
Umtiti played like a world beater in Russia, but there is no reason why Lukaku can’t get the better of him at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
£75 million man Lukaku will feel like he owes it to himself to get the better of the Barcelona defender.
That extra motivation can only work to United’s benefit, in a match we simply have to win.