Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Romelu Lukaku needs to improve if he wants to secure the club’s number one striker.

The 25-year-old was dropped by United manager Jose Mourinho from his side’s starting XI for their 2-1 win over Everton last month.

The Belgium international was also forced out of Saturday’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth due to injury.

Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez have both started in Lukaku’s place while the former Chelsea star is without a goal in his last nine games for United.

Therefore, former Red Devils defender Ferdinand is not confident if the striker will ever be able to become the player that United need him to be.

“You look at Lukaku. Lukaku’s goalscoring record is up there, it’s fantastic, he scores goals. But in the best teams you need more than that,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“You need to be able to bring other people into play, you need to be able to compliment people in your team, things have to be set up off you.”

“At the moment, in a Man Utd shirt, some things break down in Lukaku. And that affects other players in the team, like [Paul] Pogba and [Jesse] Lingard, who want to play off people.”

Lukaku, who joined the North West side in 2017 from Everton, has since scored 31 goals in 65 appearances for United in all competitions.

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