It was heard again in Saturday's Premier League clash against Southampton, and The Mirror's Alex Smith reported the Red Devils now face a fine. The chant, which refers to Lukaku's manhood, was deemed offensive by the Kick It Out group organised to fight discrimination in football.
Not only were United fans heard signing the chant once again, but they also made their stance on the urge to stop it clear, as told by The Telegraph's Sam Wallace:
Sam Wallace @SamWallaceTel
MUFC fans sing the Lukaku song they have been asked not to sing - followed by the chant of 'We're Man United, we'll sing what we want'2017-9-23 14:26:48
After the match, United released a statement regarding the chant, per Simon Peach of the Press Association:
Simon Peach @SimonPeach
#MUFC statement on Lukaku chants at St Mary's https://t.co/5DsQgyMYjB2017-9-23 17:05:08
Kick It Out released a statement explaining how the reinforcement of a racial stereotype is unacceptable even if the intent of the chant is not to insult the forward:
"Racist stereotypes are never acceptable in football or wider society, irrespective of any intention to show support for the player.
"We have contacted Manchester United regarding the issue and will be working closely with them and the FA to ensure that it is addressed swiftly."
Lukaku himself even remarked on the matter via the club's official Twitter account and supported the notion of putting an end to the song:
Manchester United @ManUtd
Romelu: "Great backing since I joined #MUFC. Fans have meant well with their songs but let’s move on together. #RespectEachOther"2017-9-21 16:00:03
At the least, Lukaku hasn't let the controversy impact his performance at St Mary's Stadium, where he scored the opening goal on Saturday:
Samuel Luckhurst @samuelluckhurst
Eight goals in eight for Lukaku. He's reached that number quicker than Cantona, Cole, Yorke, Van Nistelrooy, Van Persie & Ibrahimovic. #mufc2017-9-23 14:22:09