Rio Ferdinand: Romelu Lukaku needs to improve at Man United

The Man United legend wants Romelu Lukaku to make improvements to his game at Old Trafford

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Man United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand has challenged Romelu Lukaku to become an even better player at Manchester United after the striker’s disappointing display in Tuesday night’s 1-0 loss to Juventus.

The Belgium international was notably muted during the Champions League clash as Juventus duo Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini managed to keep the Manchester United striker under wraps.

While the Italian duo were impressive at Old Trafford, Lukaku struggled to do the simple things right on Tuesday night as the former Anderlecht man was unable to hold the ball up for his colleagues.

The 25-year-old Belgian striker touched the ball just 32 times and registered one shot on target during their disappointing performance in the Champions League clash.

Lukaku has scored two times in his last 10 games in all competitions for both Belgium and Manchester United to underline his alarming loss of form.

The £75m striker has scored four goals in 12 appearances this term as the Manchester United striker continues to struggle alongside Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba.

Former Manchester United star Ferdinand believes Lukaku needs to make improvements to his game to become a world class striker at Old Trafford.

“At a club like this they’re always looking for more,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“Sometimes you have to be more than just a goalscorer.

“As a goalscorer his numbers are up there with the best, there’s no doubt about that.

“To make teams better sometimes it’s not just about scoring goals.

“It’s about other things that come into play, your hold-up play, your touch, you bringing people in, your runs, opening space for other people, game intelligence.

“I think there are improvements to be made in his game.

“But again he’s 25 years old and if he’s being coached right and if he’s willing to learn, which it seems he is when you speak to people around the club that he is someone who wants to learn and is a student of the game and he’s desperate to be a top player, you can see there will be improvements and he will grow into an even bigger player than he is.

“But yeah there are improvements to be made in his game, definitely.

“But his goalscoring is fantastic.”

Lukaku started his Premier League career at Chelsea FC after the Blues signed the powerful forward from Belgian side Anderlecht in 2011.

The Belgian forward went on loan to West Brom and Everton before Lukaku completed a permanent £27m move to Goodison Park from Chelsea FC in 2014.

Lukaku scored 87 times in 166 games during a four-season stint at the Toffees before he completed a move to Manchester United in a £75m deal in 2017.

The Belgian forward netted a respectable return of 27 goals in 51 games in his first season at the Old Trafford outfit.

The Manchester United striker missed out on a major trophy last term after Lukaku was part of the Mourinho’s team that lost 1-0 to Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final.

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