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Alan Pardew Explains Where Romelu Lukaku Needs To Improve At Manchester United

Does Romelu Lukaku need to get more involved in the game despite his prolific goal haul?

Two 4-0 wins later, and Manchester United have had their odds of becoming Premier League champions slashed already. Though two clean sheets help matters, it is the marauding attack spearheaded by Lukaku that has caught the eye of many.

The Belgian has scored at least 15 league goals in four of his last five seasons, and already has three to his name after just two games of the new campaign.

Another one arrived against Swansea earlier today, but an intriguing statistic got Thierry Henry and Alan Pardew talking after the game.

Of the starting United eleven, Lukaku had by far the lowest number of touches with just 25, despite playing the full 90 minutes ahead of fellow forwards Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford.

Picture via Sky Sports

His goalscoring record speaks for itself, but does the 24-year-old need to get more active without the ball?

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

“His movement today wasn’t good enough, to come short, go long, to play quicker. He needs more of that [movement] and he’ll get more touches.

“There were times when the ball changed hands to United and he was static or behind the centre back. He needs to think a little bit quicker but when the chance comes, he doesn’t miss. He really is a good finisher.

The panel agreed that United’s number nine should take a lead from his predecessor Zlatan Ibrahimovic in that department, and can do so despite the latter’s departure.

“We were talking earlier about 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 it, because he’s going to be watching the videos with Jose Mourinho after the game.”

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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