Pardew criticises Lukaku’s lack of ‘cleverness’

Date published: Sunday 20th August 2017 3:10

Romelu Lukaku needs to improve his “cleverness” at Manchester United, according to Alan Pardew.

Lukaku joined United from Everton for £75million in the summer, and already has three goals in two Premier League games.

The Belgian also struck in the Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid, and has impressed leading the line for United.

He followed up his opening day double against West Ham with a goal in the rout of Swansea, but former Newcastle and Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew saw plenty of room for improvement.

“Lukaku needs to improve at Man Utd on when they regain possession,” Pardew told Sky Sports.

“His movement today was not good enough, to go short or long, to play quick. He needs more of that and he’ll get more touches.

“There were times when the ball changed hands to United and he was static. He needs to think a little bit quicker but when the chance comes, he doesn’t miss. He’s a great finisher.

“We were talking earlier about [Ruud] van Nistelrooy, Teddy Sheringham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He needs to get some of that cleverness about where to be without the ball.

“He’s at the best place to learn that because he’s going to be watching the videos with Jose Mourinho after the game.”

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