Following the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager, Romelu Lukaku’s future at Manchester United looked all but over.
A less mobile and agile forward compared to the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, the Belgian had been overlooked by his new boss who has adopted an exciting counter-attacking style of play.
However, Lukaku has since sparked into life with a matching-winning display against Southampton, coming in for praise from a certain Manchester United legend.
“I feel like his form has come in almost by default at the moment. Under Ole he was never going to play, he had Martial, Rashford, Lingard, so just with injuries he’s been allowed to come on and show what he can do,” Paul Ince told BBC Radio 5 Live (via Manchester Evening News).
“Lukaku has come in and grabbed his place,” the ex-Red Devil later added. As Ince has hinted, the 25-year-old looked surplus to requirements under Solskjaer with injuries to Rashford and co giving him a route back into the first team.
However, to Lukaku’s credit, he has taken his opportunity and proven his worth to Solskjaer in the process.
Should the Norwegian now get the Manchester United job on a permanent basis, then based on his recent showings, there is no reason why the Belgium international cannot continue to play his part in the revolution that is currently taking place at Old Trafford.
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