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Lukaku escapes ban over Bong kick

28 November 2017, 01:02 | Stacy Ballard

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Romelu Lukaku in danger of missing Manchester derby and Arsenal clash due to FA ban

Jose Mourinho has hailed the prodigious work rate of striker Romelu Lukaku despite the striker's recent struggles in front of goal.

That would mean he would sit out of the visit to Watford tomorrow, before Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday and the huge Manchester derby eight days later.

Brighton proved a tough nut to crack on Saturday for Man United.

United beat Brighton thanks to Lewis Dunk's own goal, which deflected in from Ashley Young's effort.

"Lukaku was impeded as the corner came in but his reaction was extreme, kicking out first with his right foot and then making full contact with his left foot somewhere quite painful".

Lukaku caught the eye of his manager, with whom he reunited in the summer, joining the Old Trafford club in a £75m summer deal from Everton, after a previous spell together at Chelsea, with his performance in the weekend win against Brighton and Hove Albion.

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The incident was missed by the officials during the game.

The 24-year-old has more often made a decisive impact in the final third this term, with his eight goals in 13 Premier League matches, but Mourinho was also satisfied by Lukaku's work rate and defensive contribution as Chris Hughton's side made it hard for United in the 1-0 win.

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku should have been banned for a kick on Brighton defender Gaetan Bong, BBC football pundit Ian Wright says.

If there is no mention of the incident in Swarbrick's report, the FA can still independently look at the footage and make a retrospective decision.

Many are looking at this fixture as the first time Man City may be beaten in the Premier League this season.

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