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Lukaku weighed down muscling up

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Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Fulham - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - December 8, 2018 Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has attributed his sluggish start to the season to a more muscled physique and said he had been staying out of the gym in a bid to improve his form.

The 25-year-old was United’s top scorer with 27 goals in all competitions last term and helped Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals in Russia, but he has scored six times in 20 club appearances.

“Me and the medical staff did a lot of tests to see what was the problem,” Lukaku said after scoring in United’s 4-1 Premier League win over Fulham on Saturday.

“I put on a bit of muscle at the World Cup (but) in the Premier League I cannot play with the same amount of muscle as international football. I knew I had to lose muscle so I stayed out of the gym.”

The striker also said he had suffered from fatigue at the start of the Premier League season.

“After the World Cup, I think I really was a bit tired. I wasn’t playing with enough intensity, and aggression. Now I think I am in a decent level,” he added.

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