Is his place in the first team secure?
Until January, yes. It has been clear for quite some time that Antonio Conte does not think Michy Batshuayi is up to leading the line on his own against the best defenders in the Premier League and in Europe. Certainly, until January, Morata will remain Conte’s first-choice striker, but his place could come under greater pressure if Chelsea are successful in their attempts to sign a new striker in the next transfer window. Conte wants a target man who can play alongside or instead of Morata and the club are actively drawing up a list of potential signings. Matt Law
Why has his form dipped?
It was unrealistic to think Lukaku was going to continue scoring at the same rate after 11 goals in 10 games and his failure to find the net in the past six matches has largely coincided with United creating less chances, the loss of Paul Pogba to injury, Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s sharp drop in form and a more cautious approach from Jose Mourinho against better opposition such as Liverpool and Spurs. United were having an average of 18.8 shots in their opening five league matches. That has dropped to an average of 10.6 in their last five.