Romelu Lukaku has been told that he “hasn’t got the ability” to be a No. 10, with Paul Scholes looking for the Manchester United striker to play to his strengths.
The Belgium international was taken to Old Trafford in a £75 million ($95m) deal back in the summer of 2017.
He netted 27 times during his debut campaign, but is currently on an 11-game barren run in club competition.
Lukaku is often asked to play as a lone frontman, with Jose Mourinho looking for him to be an attacking focal point.
Scholes believes the 25-year-old is more than capable in that role, but only when he focuses on end product.
Too often, United’s No.9 is accused of dropping deep and trying to get involved in areas of the field where he has no need to be or where his unique skill set is of little value to the collective cause.
Scholes told BT Sport of a player he has been critical of in the past: “Because he’s come to Man United, it seems like he thinks he has to be a footballer, he has to come into a No.10 role.
“He doesn’t, that’s the last thing he needs to do. He hasn’t got the ability to do that.
“His strengths are running in behind, getting on the end of crosses and midfield players have to tell him to do that: ‘Don’t come in as a No. 10, you can’t play’.
“I don’t want to be disrespectful to him but his control isn’t great. He is someone who has to run in behind, and he can finish and score goals.”
Scholes has previously suggested that United will never win the Premier League title for as long as Lukaku is their go-to striker.
He told ESPN: “I'm just not sure you are ever going to win the league with a goal scorer like him.”
Lukaku has endeavoured to shrug off those comments, with questioning of his physical attributes leaving him baffled.
A proven frontman told Bleacher Report: “Yeah, that's some BS. I'm one of the strongest players in the league. I never get injured. I'm always there, so what's the problem?”
Lukaku has been nursing niggling knocks of late and was left out of Mourinho’s starting XI for a Champions League clash with Young Boys on Tuesday.