Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku insists extra muscle caused slow start to season

PLAYER RATINGS: Scores of NINE after Manchester United put together their best result of the season so far against Fulham!

PLAYER RATINGS: Scores of NINE after Manchester United put together their best result of the season so far against Fulham!

Romelu Lukaku admitted that he entered the 2018/19 campaign with Manchester United worn out from his endeavours at the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

After firing four goals in his first four games this season, Lukaku endured a 12-match drought before scoring on his last two starts against Southampton and Fulham.

Did... did we actually just win? 'I had to lose it.

"I put on a bit of muscle at the World Cup (but) in the Premier League I can not play with the same amount of muscle as worldwide football". "I just felt great and I think I played great over there [in Russia], but when I came back it is a different style of football. I knew I had to lose muscle so I stayed out of the gym". "I had a hamstring injury, which is something that never happens to me".

"I knew that, so I did a lot of tests with the medical staff to see what the problem was".

"He also talked about his current work in the gym: "[There is] more prevention in the gym and I am trying to do speed bursts in training and that's the most essential", he added.

"It was at the World Cup (I bulked up)", he said, reports the Evening Standard.

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The French World Cup victor was an unused substitute in the 4-1 win over Fulham at Old Trafford, after his poor showing in United's 2-2 draw against Southampton. That was something that when I came back I knew straightaway "I can not play in this style like this". "I was happy to play at a decent level again and now it's all about improving and continuing on a consistent basis".

Manchester United have put together their most convincing win all season after putting four goals past Fulham at Old Trafford.

"I wasn't playing with enough intensity".

"We know that we are not in the position that we want to be and should be, so every game I go onto the pitch, or we go onto the pitch, I think about giving everything for the fans and giving a performance like today, so we must face every game like we did today".

'Me and the manager had good conversations where he told me what he wanted from me, ' said Lukaku. Against Fulham I think I played with intensity like everybody else did.

However, any hopes of a comeback were killed off shortly afterwards when Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa was sent off for a second bookable offence.

United boss Jose Mourinho started the forward on the bench for games against Man City and Arsenal.

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