Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Romelu Lukaku must provide more on the playing field, if he is to cement his position as the Red Devils’ number one striker. The Belgian was recently dropped from the starting lineup for the 2-1 triumph over Everton but in the weekend after, he found himself injured to face Bournemouth where United won by the same scoreline.
In both of those games, Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez fared much better in terms of their movement and link-up play despite failing to score and Ferdinand feels Lukaku may need to bring much more than his goalscoring to cement the striker’s position for the long-term, he told BT Sport: “You look at Lukaku. Lukaku’s goalscoring record is up there, it’s fantastic, he scores goals.
Manchester United defender Ashley Young has admitted that the team were not at their races as they succumbed to a surprise 1-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday night. United came into the game needing just one point to secure the second position but it was Brighton who eventually prevailed as they cemented their Premier League status with a Pascal Gross winner.
Speaking after the game, Young admitted that the club struggled to find creativity in the attack front and was bitterly disappointed with the loss, he told MUTV: “It wasn’t good enough, especially in the first half as we weren’t at the races. In the first half they had the better chances and we didn’t create as much as we should have. We put the pressure on in the last 20 minutes, but the goal wasn’t meant to be and we are disappointed. I am not sure what was wrong, we just weren’t good enough, that is the honest truth.”