MANCHESTER UNITED star Romelu Lukaku is failing to bring the best out of his team-mates.
That’s the verdict of United legend Rio Ferdinand who has not been impressed with the Belgian’s performances in red and black this season.
Lukaku, 24, missed United’s clash against the Cherries after he suffered an unspecified injury in training on Friday afternoon.
Jose Mourinho replaced him with Alexis Sanchez but jos side fell behind at Dean Court to Callum Wilson’s early goal in the lunchtime kick-off.
United were back on level terms by half-time thanks to Anthony Martial’s fifth goal in his last four Premier League games.
But it was the introduction of Marcus Rashford in the 56th minute that turned the tide in the away team’s favour.
Ferdinand is a big fan of the young striker, although he doesn’t think he’s ready to play as a striker week-in-week-out.
Marcus Rashford had a big impact today,” he told BT Sport. “I think his birthday is today. This is a great talent that needs to be nurtured.
“Mourinho has given him many, many minutes, but I believe he is at an age now where if he’s not starting he’ll be disappointed.
“And I think he’s good enough to start.”
Fellow pundit Steve McMananman asked him to clarify which position he thought Rashford should start in.
“In his development now I think that should be mixed up for him,” Ferdinand replied.
“I don’t think he’s at the point in his career where he’s a definite No.9.
“Remember Wayne Rooney played on the wing, a young Cristiano Ronaldo played on the wing.
“Young players move about a lot and then they find their position.
“In terms of Lukaku, his goalscoring record is up there, but in the best teams you need more than that.
“You need to bring other people in to play and compliment other people.
“At the moment I see some things break down when Lukaku is in that position up front.”