Manchester United great Rio Ferdinand highlighted the contrasting difference between the performances of Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane on Wednesday night. The Red Devils struggled to impose themselves on the opposition for the most of the Premier League outing as they succumbed to a rather disappointing 2-0 defeat.
England international Harry Kane was influential towards Christian Eriksen opening the scoring for Spurs after just 11 seconds, and this pretty much summed the momentum through the game with Romelu Lukaku failing to convert the only chance on offer for United.
Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand believes Lukaku is far off from reaching the heights of Spurs’ Kane, who was a constant menace to the Red Devils’ defence with his physicality and hold-up play, allowing his teammates with a number of shooting opportunities.
"The contrast between him and Lukaku was so evident. That's a real No.9."@rioferdy5 believes that Harry Kane showed exactly why he's the best striker in the Premier League with his performance vs. Man Utd. pic.twitter.com/y1yNkfac16
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 31, 2018
“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. 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,” he said.
Lukaku has fared impressively for United with 17 goals in all competitions in his debut campaign, but most fans will admit that Harry Kane is in a different level altogether. Lukaku has yet to score against any of the top-six opposition for United this campaign, and this is a record he needs to improve quickly to help his side find the breakthrough in the big games.