Manchester United legend and BT Sport pundit Paul Scholes has boldly claimed that the Red Devils will not win the league title as long as Romelu Lukaku remains the team’s main striker.
Despite having scored 31 goals in 62 games since arriving at the Old Trafford outfit in 2017, Lukaku’s performances have attracted a lot of criticism from pundits and fans alike, especially due to his wasteful nature in front of goal.
His lack of reliability in potential goal-scoring situations, coupled with the poverty of his overall gameplay on the pitch, is why Scholes believes his former team needs a better striker in order to stand a chance of winning the Premier League.
During his exclusive interview with ESPN, Scholes opined: “I’m just not sure you are ever going to win the league with a goal scorer like him. I don’t think his play outside of the box is good enough.
“I’m not sure if he works hard enough, but he’s still a young man who has done well and scored a lot of goals. He’s quick and strong, but Lukaku is one of many United players who look like they’re short of confidence.
“I don’t think he realises how good he can be, but he needs help because who else can play centre-forward at United now?”
The former English midfielder was then asked if Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford could successfully replace Lukaku as the side’s main striker, to which he replied: “Maybe, but they look like wingers. And they’re getting slagged off by the manager.”
Scholes then shared some wisdom acquired through Sir Alex Ferguson’s way of doing things, as he added: “We had four centre-forwards – [Andy] Cole, Teddy [Sheringham], Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] and [Dwight] Yorke.
“When they went through bad spells, which every footballer does, someone else was waiting to come in. That helped their performances because they knew that if they didn’t perform then they would be taken off. Maybe Lukaku needs that, too.”