Shaun Goater: Romelu Lukaku may not fit Louis van Gaal’s philosophy at Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan


Former Manchester City striker Shaun Goater believes that Romelu Lukaku should think twice about a potential move to Manchester United this summer.

Lukaku has enjoyed a memorable campaign for Everton this term, scoring 25 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions.

The Belgian recently admitted that he is looking to make the “next step” in his career and play in the Champions League and he has been linked with a move to Man United as a result. But Goater claimed that United’s brand of football may not suit Lukaku.

“It’s interesting because Lukaku could be like a Wilfried Bony,” Goater said.

“He could be thinking that he wants to go to United to win things but he should also reflect on players like Bony and consider if he goes there will he be playing regularly?

“He looks like a player who can get United a lot of joy but it depends on the philosophy of the team.

“LVG controls the tempo of the game so it’s not the in-your-face, get bodies in the box way and I don’t think Lukaku will suit them. He is a quality striker but he needs a lot of action and balls coming in around him.”

Goater has a point but the likelihood is that van Gaal will be replaced with Jose Mourinho in the summer and the Portuguese should be more adventurous in terms of attacking.

Top quality forwards are hard to come by at the best of times and United would be wise to at least explore the option of signing Lukaku.

United only really have Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford as out-and-out strikers at the club. Anthony Martial has been excellent this term but he is yet to establish himself up top. Adding quality depth to the squad would be a step in the right direction as United look to reestablish themselves among Europe’s elite.

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