Man City legend doubts free-scoring transfer target can hack it at Man United

Manchester City legend Shaun Goater believes Everton striker Romelu Lukaku could flop if he moves to Manchester United during the summer transfer window.

The Belgium international has been on fire in the Premier League this season, netting 18 times in 35 appearances to bring his English top flight total to 60 goals in 145 appearances throughout spells with Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion and the Toffees.

That potent haul, combined with Everton failing to escape the bottom half this season, has created doubts over the 22-year-old’s future at Goodison Park beyond the coming transfer window. According to Mirror Football, Everton are already concerned Manchester United will prize him away during the summer.

But Manchester City legend Shaun Goater certainly knows a few things about scoring in the Premier League and the Citizens’ local rivals, having spent a year in the Red Devils’ academy before moving to Rotherham United in 1989.

And the former Bermuda international fears that due to Lukaku’s direct style, he could go on to suffer the same problems at United as Wilfried Bony has since signing for City in January 2015, having gone on to claim just six goals in 31 Premier League appearances.

Talking exclusively to 888Sport, Goater said; “It’s interesting because Lukaku could be like a Wilfried Bony. He could be thinking that he wants to go to United to win things but he should also reflect on players like Bony and consider if he goes there will he be playing regularly?

“He looks like a player who can get United a lot of joy but it depends on the philosophy of the team. LVG controls the tempo of the game so it’s not the in-your-face, get bodies in the box way and I don’t think Lukaku will suit them. He is a quality striker but he needs a lot of action and balls coming in around him.”

Read the full 888sport interview with Shaun Goater here including his thoughts on Kelechi Iheanacho’s bright future and why Guardiola will win the Champions League with Manchester City.