​Former Manchester United player Phil Neville has said that Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku was right in not celebrating his match-winning goal in Jose Mourinho's side's midweek Premier League game against Bournemouth.


Lukaku scored the only goal in United's scrappy 1-0 win and while his teammates were extremely happy, the Belgian's reaction was quite silent.


After scoring six goals in his first seven Premier League matches for United, Lukaku has been termed a failure by a lot of experts and fans with just two goals in his last 10 matches for United as well as his performance in the Manchester derby.


Although, Lukaku was partly to be blamed for the goals United conceded against Manchester City and was truly to be slammed for the chance he missed late in the match, Neville believes the goal against Bournemouth did a world of good for the striker.



Speaking on the ​Sky Sports Debate, Neville said, "I think there was a massive hangover from Sunday. Romelu had a disappointing game. He was obviously involved in the City goals and his [missed] chance at the end. He did suffer a lot of criticism and maybe it wasn't a night to celebrate."


Neville continued, "After what happened on Sunday, the performance of the team, maybe it wasn't a night to celebrate a goal. That hit Manchester United really hard, that defeat on Sunday, and there was a flatness around Old Trafford last night. There was still disappointment."


Neville further sympathised with Lukaku as he stated, "I feel sorry for him. I think at the end of the season he could score 20-25 goals and people will say he's not good enough for Man United. He's scored so many goals already this season but all people see is the fault."


Talking about the support from midfield to Lukaku, Neville concluded, "If you're playing in that Man United team, does he get the best service? Is he best supported at times? I think he was still hurting from Sunday. You don't get over that by scoring one goal at home against Bournemouth."