ROMELU LUKAKU’S season suffered another miserable twist as the Chelsea striker was booed when he came on as a sub on his return to old club Manchester United.
Lukaku replaced Kai Havertz on 70 minutes, with Christian Pulisic instantly coming on for Timo Werner, as Blues’ boss Thomas Tuchel showed his frustration during the 1-1 Premier League draw.
Marcos Alonso had volleyed Chelsea in front on the hour but Cristiano Ronaldo levelled – emphatically – almost at once.
And as Tuchel took action by bringing on Lukaku, the beleaguered Belgian received a hostile reception from home supporters.
His Old Trafford spell from 2017-19 was barely more convincing than his current stint at Stamford Bridge.
And although Chelsea looked the hungrier side late on, it was wing-back Reece James who went closest to the winner they deservedas he hit the bar.
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Lukaku himself struggled to provide a direct goal threat as he battled to show Tuchel he merits a starting recall.
United clung on for a point earned by their sheer workrate in the face of Chelsea’s superiority.
But it leaves the Red Devils five points off the Champions League places – with Arsenal, in fourth, still having two games in hand.
The Blues, meanwhile, seem sure to finish exactly where they are now – in third.