Teddy Sheringham reveals why United fans haven’t ‘seen the best’ of under-par striker
Ex-Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham believes Romelu Lukaku’s style is incompatible with playing for the Old Trafford club.
He finished behind Paul Pogba in United’s scoring charts last season, and Sheringham believes his attributes are not suited to a centre-stage role at Old Trafford – hence his relative struggles in front of goal.
Sheringham spoke to talkSPORT about his theory, saying: “When you play for Everton, he had a lot of space in behind defenders where he could run into. When you play for Manchester United, a lot of teams come to Old Trafford, sit in and say, ‘come and beat us’.
“So all of his attributes – which were [being] big, and strong and quick – he couldn’t use them for Manchester United.
“I don’t think the Manchester United fans have seen the best of him.”
The notion that Lukaku has not been at his best since signing for Manchester United could hold up – with the striker netting 25 Premier League goals for Everton in the season prior to his £76.2m move in 2017.
Having not reached those heights in a United shirt – even when the club were able to finish as runners-up in the league during his first season there – perhaps there is something in Lukaku not being able to perform at Old Trafford.
But surely, if it is a question of playing style, the buck should stop with the manager who brought him in – Jose Mourinho, in this case.
Lukaku’s goalscoring exploits prior to his United move (at least 20 in his last three Everton seasons in all competitions) were arguably impressive enough to warrant a move – though it surely cannot be solely his responsibility to alter his attributes which made him a hit for the Toffees in order to adapt somewhere else.
So while Sheringham’s comments carry weight, the blame should not be laid at Lukaku’s door as he reportedly nears a move away.
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