Romelu Lukaku has got to be more selfish to get back to scoring ways for Manchester United, claims Alan Shearer

by Harry Robinson

Alan Shearer has told Romelu Lukaku to be more selfish as the Belgian looks to end a seven-game goal drought after the international break.

The Manchester United man started his career at the club in stunningly good form, with 11 goals in his first 10 games in a Red shirt.

Since then, he’s failed to find the back of the net. He has contributed in other ways, but with his goalscoring output decreasing, Man United’s form has suffered.

“When you’re on a barren spell, forget everything about going out wide, about coming deep, thinking I’m not getting a touch of the ball,” Shearer advised on BBC’s Match of the Day.

“It’s time to be selfish. Width of the 18-yard box, that’s what he’s got to think about. He isn’t going to score by running into corners.

“Let the people create the chances for you. He’s a goalscorer and he’s getting judged on scoring goals.

“He’s going deep, he’s going out wide. He’s not helping himself and he’s certainly not helping his team.

“It’s not his job to go deep and create. Width of the 18-yard box, that’s where he’s most dangerous and that’s where he’s going to score goals.”

Like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 28 goals last season, Lukaku has drifted back into midfield. Less so than the Swede, though, but it still demonstrates where United’s weakness lies; creativity.

The Reds miss the lynchpin of Paul Pogba who was vital at linking the midfield and the attack in the early stages of the season. His return should be after the international break, and will hopefully coincide with Lukaku’s return to the scoresheet.

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