By Aramide Oladipo
Rio Ferdinand has hit out at Everton striker Romelu Lukaku for shushing fellow teammate Ashley Williams in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
The incident took place in the second half after the Welsh defender had made a clearance and appeared to berate Everton’s number 10 for not holding up the ball.
Lukaku responded by telling Williams to keep quiet and get back to defending as he raised his finger to his mouth.
Williams was later sent off in the match for a deliberate handball in the penalty area which resulted in Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring a 94th minute equaliser for the hosts.
Following the full-time whistle, Lukaku was pictured talking to Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba seemingly baffled about Williams’ decision to handle the ball.
Speaking on BT Sport 1’s live coverage of the match on Tuesday night, Ferdinand was very critical of the Belgian forward’s attitude towards his teammate.
“That’s not the camaraderie you need in a team to be successful,” Ferdinand said. “You need to be able to take criticism. If you’re giving it out take it as well. I think men can do that and you’ve got to be a man in those situations.” he said.
Lukaku is currently the Premier League top goalscorer with 21 goals to his name but he has failed to score in his last two matches against the so-called big clubs Liverpool and Manchester United.
Everton took the lead through Phil Jagielka in the first-half but couldn’t hold on for the victory, which now leaves them three points off a Europa League place and seven points off the final Champions League spot.
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