By Harry Sykes
Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has slammed Romelu Lukaku on talkSPORT by claiming he is not good enough to play for the club.
The Everton striker is set to quit the club this summer after refusing to sign a new contract amid reported interest from Europe’s elite.
Lukaku’s former club Chelsea have been most strongly linked with a summer swoop for the Belgium international, while there is also said to be a willingness to take him to United.
Meulensteen, who was Sir Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man at Old Trafford for six years until the legendary manager’s retirement in 2013, delivered a no-holds-barred assessment of the Premier League’s leading scorer this season.
“Lukaku has had a fantastic season, he’s a goalscorer etc etc. But at Manchester United you need a few more strings to your bow,” Meulensteen told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast programme on talkSPORT on Monday (8 May).
“If you play at the highest level your finesse on the ball, your decision-making needs to be absolutely spot on.
— Alan Brazil (@SportsBreakfast) May 8, 2017
“Yes he will bring power, he’ll bring some strength but if you look at the strikers United have had [over the years] does he fit in that same line of striker? I don’t think so.”
Lukaku is reportedly valued by Everton at £100million due to his goalscoring exploits in the last four seasons, with 164 matches yielding 86 goals.
The 23-year-old has scored 25 goals in 37 matches in all competitions this season, including a Premier League-leading tally of 24, three more than his closest rival Harry Kane.
Dutchman Meulensteen, 53, had two spells at United, first joining the club in 2001 as a youth coach and then returning in 2007 for a senior role on Ferguson’s backroom staff.
His words are likely to carry some weight given his understanding of the inner workings of United.
In other Everton transfer news, the club have agreed to sign up a centre-forward who is loved by Ronald Koeman.