Rio Ferdinand: Man United summer signing is an animal

The Man United legend backs Romelu Lukaku ahead of the visit of Brighton on Saturday

Man United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand has talked up Manchester United signing Romelu Lukaku as an “animal” ahead of the visit of Brighton this weekend.

The Belgium international moved to Manchester United in a £75m deal from Premier League rivals Everton in the summer transfer window.

Lukaku opted to move to Manchester United and reunite with ex-manager Jose Mourinho despite interest from his former club Chelsea.

The 24-year-old scored 10 goals in his opening nine games in the Champions League and the Premier League to make a brilliant start to his Manchester United career.

However, Lukaku went on a six-game goal drought before the striker netted Manchester United’s fourth goal in a 4-1 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park last weekend.

The Belgian forward will be hoping to score in successive Premier League games when promoted side Brighton make the trip to Old Trafford this weekend.

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand talked up Lukaku’s a top goal-scorer despite his difficult run of form over the past month or so.

“Lukaku, when he’s on form, is an animal,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“He’s difficult to play against. If you get the right ball into him, he’s going to score goals.

“His record up until now, as a young player in the Premier League, has been nothing short of great.”

Manchester United lost 1-0 to Swiss side Basel in their last Champions League game in Switzerland.

The Red Devils signed Lukaku, Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic in the summer.

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