Ashley Young has praised the all-round game of Romelu Lukaku in recent weeks at Manchester United.
The Belgian hit his 20th and 21st goals of the season for the Reds against Huddersfield Town in a comfortable 2-0 victory in the FA Cup Fifth Round, which sees them through to face Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford in the quarter-finals.
However, manager Jose Mourinho has consistently hailed the all-round game and non-goalscoring contributions of his summer signing. Young, too, has been impressed by what Lukaku adds to the side aside from consistent goals.
“When you have a striker scoring goals, it’s always important,” Young said, as per the Mirror. “His hold-up play, his all-round game was fantastic at Huddersfield, and he’s done that all throughout the season. He’s getting goals.”
Lukaku struggled at times with his hold-up play, with his performance in that regard against Manchester City woeful. However, in the last two months, it’s steadily improved and now it’s a key part of his, and United’s game.
It’ll prove all the more important after the addition of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. Young believes a spark has already been seen between Lukaku and his new attacking partner.
“You can see the combinations between them,” he continued.
”Alexis comes inside and Rom’s seen him and picked him up as well and they’re picking each other out and they have worked well together so far.”
United will want both Lukaku and Sanchez at their best on Wednesday night as they travel to Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg. Young outlined the squad’s ambitions for the tournament.
“We’re in it to win it. Of course we can win the Champions League,” Young asserted.
“You don’t enter a competition not to win it. That’s what we will be looking to do.”