Rene Meulensteen said Romelu Lukaku wasn't good enough for Man Utd back in 2017

Rene Meulensteen & Alex Ferguson

Romelu Lukaku is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons right now.

Manchester United's main striker has endured a torrid start to the domestic season and his performances seem to get worse each week.

His confidence has been sapped and he appears to be more of a hindrance to his teammates than anything else right now.

Against Juventus on Tuesday evening, he was anonymous and never looked like threatening the goal.

There are rumours circulating that Jose Mourinho will drop the Belgian for Sunday's meeting against Everton, with Marcus Rashford likely to takeover as the central striker.

It will be a welcome reprieve for Lukaku.

Most football fans know the Belgian possesses an abundance of talent, but he just doesn't seem suited to United.

Could it be that he's just not cut out for the highest level? Well, that's exactly what Rene Meulensteen - Sir Alex Ferguson's former assistant - stated back in May 2017.

He had heard of United's interest in signing Lukaku from Everton and made a pretty huge claim about the striker.

Lukaku during his days with Everton

“Don’t get me wrong here, Lukaku has obviously had a fantastic season and he is a goalscorer,” Meulensteen told talkSPORT.

“But at a club like Manchester United you need more strings to your bow.

“What he needs to develop definitely is his game on the ball, in terms of quick combinations with his team-mates.

“That is where he falls short, I think, and it’s something that’s not as exposed at a club like Everton.

Lukaku during the Juventus game

“But if you play at the highest level, your finesse on the ball in the final third, your decision making has to be absolutely spot on.

“Yes he would bring power, he would bring strength, but when you look over the years at the strikers United have had, does he fit in the same line of strikers? I don’t think so.”

Back in 2017, Meulensteen's quotes would have seemed a lot more controversial.

In the present day, they pretty much reflect how most fans and pundits are feeling about Lukaku right now.

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