'Lukaku needs more for Man Utd' - Meulensteen warns former club off Everton striker

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Having spent six years as Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant at Old Trafford, the Dutch coach feels that the Everton striker is not good enough for United

Former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen does not believe Romelu Lukaku is good enough to play for the Red Devils.

Lukaku has scored 24 Premier League goals for Everton this season, seven more than United's top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Meulensteen feels that the Belgium international's all-round game is not up to the standards required.

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Meulensteen was assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson from 2007 to 2013, helping the Red Devils to three league titles and a Champions League crown, and believes that if they want to return to that level, they need someone other than Lukaku.

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

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“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 has also been linked with a return to former club Chelsea, but is currently under contract at Goodison Park until 2019.

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