Rio Ferdinand names Romelu Lukaku’s ‘big problem’ at Man United

The Man United legend believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic's return from injury is giving Romelu Lukaku a problem at Old Trafford

Man United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand believes Romelu Lukaku’s big problem at Manchester United is the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Red Devils striker has struggled over the past month or so following a disappointing return of one goal in the World Cup winner’s last 10 games in all competitions.

Lukaku netted 10 times in his opening nine fixtures before Liverpool managed to tame the Belgium international in a goalless draw at Anfield at the start of October.

The summer signing failed to get on the score sheet against defending champions Chelsea and runners-up Tottenham Hotspur.

The 24-year-old’s only goal came in a 4-1 win against Newcastle United at Old Trafford earlier this month on the same evening Ibrahimovic made his return from a long-term knee problem.

The former Sweden international has made a handful of substitute appearances but the 36-year-old is still waiting to make his first start of the season as Lukaku’s confidence continues to waiver.

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand believes Ibrahimovic’s return is affecting Lukaku’s confidence.

“He’ll come out of this [the poor goal-scoring form],” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“I think that maybe the bigger problem for him is Zlatan Ibrahimovic being there. Mentally, having a big striker behind you who wants to play, that’s a pressure (coming) from within, and sometimes people find that hard to deal with.”

Manchester United were 4-2 winners against Watford at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night ahead of a clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Red Devils haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013 under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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