Paul Scholes has a clear Man United message for Romelu Lukaku

Paul Scholes warns Romelu Lukaku to step his game up for Manchester United this season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Paul Scholes
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes Photo: BT Sport

Paul Scholes has told Romelu Lukaku that he is making himself too easy to play against in a Manchester United shirt this season.

The whole of the Manchester United squad have been struggling to produce consistent performances in what has been a tough start to the new campaign for the Red Devils under Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United have already lost three times in the Premier League to leave them down in 10th place in the table and nine points behind the leaders.

Mourinho watched his side play out a goalless draw against Valencia at Old Trafford on Tuesday night – and although they did show some improvements from their dire outing against West Ham United last weekend, the Red Devils are still a far cry from looking like title contenders.

Lukaku has netted four goals in seven Premier League outings so far this season – but his last strike came against Watford back in mid-September.

And former Manchester United midfielder Scholes believes that Lukaku still has a lot of room for improvement as he bids to try and step his game up in the coming weeks.

Speaking to BT Sport after the goalless draw against Valencia, Scholes said: “I don’t think these players realise how much of a threat they can be.

“Look at the size of him [Lukaku], how quick he is.

“He’s just so static, he’s easy to play against. We could have played centre-half against him tonight.

“When he’s up for it, running into channels, barging people out of the way, he can finish as well. They need to realise what their strengths are and go out on the pitch and perform.”

Manchester United will now look to dust themselves down and attempt to get back to winning ways when the Red Devils host Newcastle United in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils simply cannot afford to drop more points at this early stage of the season if they want to have any hope of being able to challenge for the title this term.

Manchester United are under pressure to win some silverware this season after Mourinho’s men ended up in second place in the Premier League table last term and without a trophy.

Indeed, they have not won the Premier League title since their final triumph under Sir Alex Ferguson in the 2012-13 campaign.

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