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Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in his last eight appearances for Manchester United and some are already calling for him to be dropped from the starting XI.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has urged Jose Mourinho not to drop Lukaku despite his goal drought.

According to Neville, the best way for Mourinho to restore Lukaku’s confidence is to let him play his way back into form.

“I think if you’ve got a player that has proved himself over a long period of time, you’ve got to keep playing him,” said Neville.

“Let’s imagine it was Wayne Rooney at Manchester United. You would play him through bits of bad form and continue to give belief because you know full well they’re still contributing when they’re not playing well.

“Unless a player like Lukaku is feeling so down that he feels as though a break will do him good, you do try and keep them playing. Top players tend to play through those dips in form.

“The longest period I had was six months after the Vasco da Gama game at the Club World Championship (January 2000) when I made two mistakes.

“I lost my confidence for the six months going into the European Championship but I kept on playing through that period and in the end I came out of it at the other side.

“You can say there are two ways of dealing with Romelu. Bringing him out and giving him a rest, or is that making it worse.

“You’ve always got that challenge with players who have built up that credit and we know Romelu Lukaku is one of Jose’s favourite players.

“We know he probably thinks not scoring in six or seven games is going to happen at some point so let’s accept it when it happens and come out the other side. I think that’s probably where Jose’s at at this moment in time.”