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Scholes and Ferdinand slam Man Utd star after ‘weak’ performance

Manchester United legends Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand have laid into striker Romelu Lukaku following his performances against Sevilla in the Champions League.

United were held to a 0-0 draw in the southern Spanish city on Wednesday, leaving the tie finely balanced ahead of the second leg in three weeks time.

However, covering the game in their role as pundits for BT Sport, both former Red Devils had a damning assessment of the strikers performance.

Scholes said:

“Again, Lukaku has to be better. When you play counter-attacking football, the ball has got to stick.

“He was so weak. You’ve got to be strong, you’ve got to get hold of the ball.

“You’ve got to get your touch right and bring players in. Most of the time, he’s given the ball away.”

Meanwhile. Ferdinand also believed that the Belgian has to do better going forward:

“He had 38 touches tonight and 18 times he gave it away.

“If you’re trying to produce a counter-attacking performance, that ball has to stick to allow your team to get out.

“With Lukaku in your team at the moment, the ball doesn’t stick so the counter-attack doesn’t happen.”

Lukaku has had a bit of a resurgence in form, especially in his hold up and link up play, but was unable to score the vital goal to give United the edge going into the second leg.

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