For more than ten matches in a row, Manchester United goalkeeper has come under fire for his sluggish goalkeeping.
Ole GunnarSolskjaer defended him after much blame was cast over him for his poor keeping and Lukaku has come out to defend him too.
The fans have been crying foul over his dwindling form in the last matches in the league demanding that Sergio Romelu take his position.
Striker Romelu Lukaku has come out to back the under-fire Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea to come through his dramatic loss of form.
De Gea’s miserable run continued with the blunder that led to Chelsea’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, which further dented United’s top-four hopes.
Sunday’s costly gaffe came on the back of similar high-profile errors against Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester City, while De Gea was also at fault for goals against Arsenal, West Ham, Wolves and Everton in recent weeks.
Against that backdrop, De Gea’s place for United’s final two games of the season, against Huddersfield and Cardiff, is under threat, despite United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s public backing of him.
De Gea has one year left on his contract and his failure to agree an extension with United who has refused to meet his £350,000-a-week wage demands has been cited as a reason for his sudden loss of form.
Like Solskjaer, United striker Lukaku also leapt to the defence of his team-mate, claiming his heroics between the posts over the past eight years mean the 28-year-old deserves to be cut some slack.
“He’s a really positive person,” said Lukaku. “He’s the been the best player at the club since when? Seven or eight years, consistently. “I don’t think we should discredit him like that and suddenly say he’s a bad goalkeeper. He’s saved us so many times this season.
“It happens to strikers, it happens to midfielders and now it’s happening to him.“He has to learn from it. Goalkeepers always have a spell when it might be difficult.
“He has to continue working hard. You just work and play. I don’t know how goalkeepers get through it, but he works hard every single day.
“We’re here to support him. He’s strong. Mentally he’s really, really strong or else he wouldn’t have been the best player at the club for seven or eight years. There’s no doubting his ability.
“He had a bad time at the start of his United career as I remember and he was just a kid then, but came through it.
“He did what he had to do then, turned it around, won trophies and became the best player at the club and is a leader in the dressing room. “Now it’s up to us as a team to help him and trust his abilities.”
Lukaku also cast doubt on his own United future, refusing to confirm if he will be at Old Trafford next season, amid interest in him from Italy.
Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio travelled to watch Lukaku in United’s 1-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League.
The Italian club sees Lukaku, who joined United from Everton for £75million in 2016, as a potential replacement for Mauro Icardi, who is expected to leave Inter this summer.
Asked if he will stay, Lukaku said: “Me? I don’t know, I’m not here to entertain rumours. I’m still under contract.”