Manchester United striker has ‘all the attributes’ to become club legend, insists Rio Ferdinand

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Lukaku, 25,  has scored four goals in his last two games for the Red Devils

Rio Ferdinand believes Romelu Lukaku has all the attributes to become a Manchester United legend, insisting the striker is the “best finisher” on the club’s books.

Lukaku ended his nine-game barren spell in front of goal with a brace in United’s 3-1 win at Crystal Palace on Wednesday night and followed it up with two more in a 3-2 win against Southampton.

Romelu Lukaku scored two goals in Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Crystal Palace

Romelu Lukaku scored two goals in Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Crystal Palace

Rio Ferdinand spoke exclusively to talkSPORT earlier this week

Rio Ferdinand spoke exclusively to talkSPORT earlier this week

And former United defender Ferdinand, who won six Premier League titles, the Champions League and two League Cups at Old Trafford, has been encouraged by Lukaku’s recent performances.

The BT Sport pundit told talkSPORT: “He’s been very one dimensional at times this season, and over the years at Manchester United you’ve rarely seen that type of striker be a success.

“With that said he’s certainly shown signs of improvements in recent weeks.

“I watched him against Arsenal at the Emirates and he was very good. He played the role he was given brilliantly.

“The attributes Lukaku has to his game means he should be unplayable. He’s strong, he’s quick, but he needs to be more aggressive.

The former Everton striker ended his nine-game barren spell in front of goal on Wednesday night

The former Everton striker ended his nine-game barren spell in front of goal on Wednesday night

He continued: “It’s down to him if he can bring all of his attributes together. He can be anything he wants to be.

“For me he’s probably the most natural finisher at the football club, the best finisher in all honesty.

“But Manchester United football club demand more than someone who is a just a great finisher.

“It’s also down to Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer]. Does he fancy him as a player and is he prepared to spend the time and effort into helping him become a Manchester United legend?

“They are the questions that need to be answered and they will be in time.”


The former England defender says it is Lukaku’s link-up play that has really caught his attention of late.

“One thing that has come into his game that I hadn’t seen much of before is the fact he’s playing these cute little passes,” he explained.

“He set up one for [Jesse] Lingard against Liverpool and did it on two occasions against Arsenal.

“It’s a part of his game that he was really lacking in before, so it’s been encouraging to see him implement that link-up play when it matters most – on the biggest stage of them all.”

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