Manchester United Striker Romelu Lukaku Says He’s A Lean Mean Machine Again After Losing ‘Little Bit Of Muscle’

United frontman Lukaku, 25, has slimmed down and shown an improvement in form recently

He is starting to emerge from a lean spell in front of goal and Romelu Lukaku is looking noticeably, well, leaner.

The Manchester United striker admits that he bulked up to play for Belgium at the World Cup last summer, and his more muscular physique has hindered him amid the faster pace of the Premier League.

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.

The 25-year-old has shed the weight by keeping away from the gym, drinking more water, and sticking to a diet of fish and vegetables, while a different training regime has helped to resolve a hamstring problem.

Having recently dismissed criticism of his physique as ‘bull***t’, Lukaku was able to laugh about it after helping United to their biggest league win in 13 months.

‘A little bit of muscle, yeah,’ he said. ‘I had to lose it.

‘I felt great at the World Cup, but here in the Premier League I cannot play with the same amount of muscle as international football.

‘When I came back, I knew straightaway “nah, I cannot play in this style like this”.

‘So you just stay out of the gym, drink a lot of water, and eat a lot of veg and fish, and it helps.

‘Also, I had a hamstring injury, which is something that never happens to me.

‘We did a lot of tests to see what the problem was. Just training differently, more prevention in the gym and more speed bursts in training – for me, that’s the most essential.

‘After the World Cup, I was a bit tired. You know, I had the same thing in 2014 after the World Cup. When I came back to Everton, I was really in a slump. So, now I think I am at a decent level and ready to go again.’

Lukaku also spoke to manager Jose Mourinho about what was missing in his game after making four of his previous six appearances off the bench.

‘Not enough intensity,’ acknowledged Lukaku. ‘I played with not enough aggression, I think.

‘Me and the manager had good conversations in the last couple of days, where really he told me what he wanted from me.

‘I know from my side I have to do better. Today I think I played with intensity like everybody else.’

After the 2-2 draw with Arsenal in midweek, this was another highly energised performance from United, with Lukaku adding to goals from Ashley Young and Juan Mata.

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