Rene Meulensteen: Romelu Lukaku not good enough for Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen believes that Romelu Lukaku is not good enough for his former side amid reports linking the Belgian with a move to Old Trafford.

It was reported earlier on in the season that Jose Mourinho was keeping a close eye on Lukaku after a dispute between the 23-year-old and Everton over a new contract.

The striker has claimed 25 goals in all competitions and looks set to claim the Premier League golden boot following an excellent season under Ronald Koeman.

But Meulensteen, speaking on talkSPORT, noted that he was unconvinced by the Belgian.

“Don’t get me wrong here, Lukaku has obviously had a fantastic season and he is a goalscorer,” Meulensteen said.

“But at a club like Manchester United you need more strings to your bow. What he needs to develop definitely is his game on the ball, in terms of quick combinations with his team-mates.

“That is where he falls short, I think, and it’s something that’s not as exposed at a club like Everton.

“But if you play at the highest level, your finesse on the ball in the final third, your decision making has to be absolutely spot on.

“Yes he would bring power, he would bring strength, but when you look over the years at the strikers United have had, does he fit in the same line of strikers? I don’t think so.”

Lukaku’s goalscoring prowess is unquestionable: the Belgian has claimed more goals by the age of 23 than Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luis Suarez and Michael Owen. That is some record. When he’s in the mood – that unique ‘zone’ where everything you touch turns to gold – there is very little you can do to stop him.

But doubt continues to circulate around whether or not Lukaku can serve as a consistent striker, capable of producing on a week-in-week-out basis, especially against bigger clubs. Only one of his goals this season has come during a win over a side in the top six, after all, and it remains to be seen if a step up would help eradicate or amplify his mercurial potency in front of goal.

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