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What Rene Meulensteen Said About Romelu Lukaku Before He Signed For Manchester United

What Rene Meulensteen Said About Romelu Lukaku Before He Signed For Manchester United

Rene Meulensteen's assessment of Romelu Lukaku from 2017 looks pretty accurate now.

The Belgium striker is struggling in front of goal this season with just four goals in all competitions to his name.

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He's attracting wide-spread criticism for his performances. He's not only failing to find the back of the net but also failing to bring in his teammates.

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An aspect brilliantly pointed out by Meulensteen prior to United shelling out £75 million to lure him away from Everton.

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

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The Dutchman added: "But at a club like Manchester United you need more strings to your bow.

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"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."

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Lukaku bagged 26 goals in all competitions - including 25 in the Premier League - the season before signing for United.

In his debut term at Old Trafford, Lukaku weighed in with 27 goals in all competitions - 16 in the league.

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How many goals will he eventually record this season?

Topics: Football News, Football, Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, Romelu Lukaku

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