Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singles out Romelu Lukaku for praise after Crystal Palace win

by Leo Nieboer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to make note of Romelu Lukaku’s fantastic work rate following Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.

The Belgian, deployed out wide against Liverpool but restored to No.9 at Selhurst Park, opened the scoring with a well-placed curling effort following some top work from Luke Shaw.

Moments after the second half begun, he had his second: a looping, cleverly engineered goal from a difficult angle at a corner.

Speaking after the game, Solskjaer singled out the 25-year-old for praise following a strong performance down the middle.

Lukaku receives derision from Man United supporters because he is not, in a technical sense, a world class player outside the box. Not yet, at least.

Where very few rival him, however, is in the box. His eye for goal – understanding the angles, the positioning, the execution – deserves to be placed among the highest bracket of finishers in the world. That he now ranks twentieth, level with Deon Dublin, in the list of all-time top Premier League scorers serves as a testament to his pedigree.

For a player whose position relies heavily on confidence, this game will do wonders for Lukaku amid a stop-start campaign at Old Trafford.

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