Manchester United were well beaten by Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men running out 2-0 winners. The hosts cut through the Red Devils like a knife through butter at times, which will leave Jose Mourinho with cause for concern.
One United player who couldn’t get in the game whatsoever was Romelu Lukaku. The big Belgian has this unwanted tag when it comes to struggling against fellow top six sides, and that came to the fore here.
That’s not a trait mirrored by Harry Kane, according to Red legend Rio Ferdinand. The former centre-half reckons that Lukaku and Kane were polar opposites during the game at Wembley, and honestly, it’s tough to disagree with him.
“I think Kane showed today why he’s the best striker in the league and one of the most potent in Europe because he’s bullied United’s centre-halves,” Ferdinand told BT Sport, per The Independent. “He totally dominated them physically and brought other people into play.
“The contrast between him and Lukaku today was so evident it was unbelievable from up here where we watched it.
“The ball going into him, sticking, holding centre halves off and bringing others into the game.
“That’s a real No. 9. That’s what you want to see a No. 9 do.”
Lukaku was undoubtedly taught a harsh lesson, but the 24-year-old should be looking to learn from Kane. The Englishman is comfortably the best striker in the Premier League right now and although he didn’t score, his all-round game was absolutely sublime.
This isn’t a knock on Lukaku, by the way. He’s having a fine first campaign in United colours and no doubt he’ll improve. It’s completely different than when he was playing for Everton and there is much more pressure on his shoulders here. Give him time, he’s still young at 24 and it will come.