What Ferguson’s former first team coach warned Man Utd about Lukaku

Former Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen warned Manchester United Romelu Lukaku was not good enough in 2017, before he joined the club.

Meulensteen worked closely with Sir Alex Ferguson, leaving when the Red Devils legend retired.

The Belgian striker, who joined for £75million last summer, has failed to find the back of the net in his previous eight games. Even Jose Mourinho has been forced to admit the striker’s "moment is not sweet".

Prior to his big money move, Meulensteen said Lukaku didn’t have enough strings on his bow to become a United player.

"Don’t get me wrong here, Lukaku has obviously had a fantastic season and he is a goalscorer," he told talkSPORT.

"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."

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