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Lukaku shines in Reds win

28th February 2019, 04:40 by Michael Holland

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Romelu Lukaku for grabbing his chance as his two goals helped earn a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

Lukaku capitalised on a rare start in his favoured central striking position to score twice and help create United's third goal for Ashley Young as they recorded a club-record eighth successive away victory.

The Belgian has become more peripheral under Solskjaer, with Marcus Rashford excelling as the focal point in attack, but the England forward was not fit to start at Selhurst Park while Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial were also absent.

Lukaku, who played out wide against Liverpool on Sunday, had gone nine games without scoring until Wednesday night, when he could have ended the game with a hat-trick.

United caretaker Solskjaer said: "He was through the middle. We created chances for him, he put them away well. He's done loads of running up and down the line, right wing, left wing. He's had a different role because of Rash's form.

"He got a chance up front. Two very good finishes, could have had another one as well earlier on, so I'm very pleased for Rom. He is a quality finisher.

"It's great to have him around the place, always happy, always working on his finishing. He's played more than you think, but he's played wide right, wide left, so it's Rash's form that has moved him out there. Now with Rash's injury he grabbed the chance."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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