Romelu Lukaku Doesn't Even Flinch After 'Street Fighter Style' Tackle From Ryan Bertrand
It was a game of goal of the season contenders at Old Trafford this afternoon, as Manchester United and Southampton played out a memorable Premier League affair.
Yan Valery gave the visitors the lead with his first senior goal, smashing it in from 25 yards, but Andreas Pereira cancelled that out with a stunner of his own, curling it past a helpless Angus Gunn to make it 1-1.
Romelu Lukaku soon made it 2-1, but a cracking free-kick from James Ward Prowse leveled the scores once more.
It was a miracle that Lukaku was still on the pitch after a dangerous flying tackle from Southampton's Ryan Bertrand almost took him out.
Lukaku, who went on to score the third, somehow avoided serious injury, leaving his opponent in a heap on the floor.
Bertrand bounced off the Belgian striker, who continued running before the referee blew his whistle for a free-kick.
The Southampton defender, who received a yellow card for the challenge, was lucky to avoid a red card as it could have much, much worse.
How did Lukaku stay standing after this? Some players would have rolled around for hours.
Many fans on social media questioned how Bertrand was still on the pitch, while commenting on Lukaku's remarkable strength to bounce off the 29-year-old full-back.
Here's just some of the reactions:
My moment of the game was when Bertrand jumped into Lukaku and it was like Lukaku didn't even feel it :sob::sob:
- @El__supremo :cloud: (@_LOLU) March 2, 2019
Bertrand with possibly the worst attempt at a "tackle" I've seen in my life, waist high on Lukaku.
Should have been a red had he not bounced off like a toddler walking into a tree :joy::joy:
- soMEone (@4L15T3R) March 2, 2019
Lukaku after Bertrand tried to knock him down. #MUNSOU pic.twitter.com/sj2S6CHeO2
- Sailor Doom (@neuromanso) March 2, 2019
Anyone else and Bertrand could have cut them in half there. Except lukaku. No more annoyance than a mosquito would cause him.
- Dave (@D_BagmanMUFC) March 2, 2019
Bertrand goes flying into Lukaku and yet only receives a yellow? If Lukaku was much smaller and went flying to the ground, that would have been a red. Horrible officiating.
- UtdArena. (@UtdArena) March 2, 2019
holy shit bertrand did like a street fighter flying kick at lukaku and just bounced off
- Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) March 2, 2019
Manchester United's narrow win at Old Trafford means they have collected 32 points under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he took over from Jose Mourinho at the end of last year.
Surely they will secure top four now?
Let us know in the comments.