Llike him or loathe him, Romelu Lukaku’s absence was keenly felt by Manchester United on Saturday.
The Belgian international missed the FA Cup clash against Wolves through injury. And the Red Devils failed to muster any significant attacking threat without him.
Lukaku may be slammed by some United fans for the chances he misses. But he is there, time and again, getting a head or a foot to a chance.
And he scores plenty, too, as his 42 goals in 89 United appearances testifies.
It is ridiculous to ignore that record, just because of some of the opportunities the United striker fails to convert.
Signed for an initial £75million (BBC), Lukaku has continued where he left off at Everton. He scores and, sometimes, he misses chances others wouldn’t even see.
United cannot afford to have another performance like they did against Wolves. They need to rediscover the verve showed in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first few months at the helm.
Lukaku may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But he would have ensured United had a fighting chance last weekend.
Given his recent goal-scoring form, his return cannot come soon enough.