Man United told Romelu Lukaku doesn’t match up to Jose Mourinho’s great strikers

Man United boss Jose Mourinho has a history of partnering with great strikers, but Romelu Lukaku won't be one, according to Steve Nicol

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku Photo: Football.ru / Wikimedia

Romeu Lukaku doesn’t match up to the great strikers that have previously played under Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, according to Steve Nicol.

The Red Devils have all but confirmed the signing of Belgium international Romelu Lukaku in the summer transfer window.

Indeed, Manchester United are thought to have agreed a £75m fee with Everton to usurp Premier League champions Chelsea in the race to sign the striker.

Lukaku previously played under Mourinho but the Portuguese coach sent the centre-forward out on loan to West Brom and Everton before sanctioning his £27m sale to the Toffees in 2014.

The Manchester United boss has worked with great strikers such as Didier Drogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Karim Benzema and Diego Milito during his managerial career.

However, former Liverpool defender Nicol doesn’t believe Lukaku has the same aura despite what looks like being a huge transfer fee.

“I’m not so sure [he commands such a big fee],” Nicol told ESPN FC.

“He is big and powerful but what Mourinho’s former strikers have over Lukaku is that they could hold the ball up.

“I don’t think his touch is good enough. His hold-up play isn’t good enough.”

Manchester United finished in sixth place in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a place in the Champions League next term.

The Red Devils won the EFL Cup and the Europa League under Mourinho last term.

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