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ESPN pundit heaps praise on Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku

March 15, 2019

ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop has heaped praise on Romelu Lukaku, who has transformed his fortunes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this term. The Belgium international was disappointing with his performances during the opening half of the season under ex-boss Jose Mourinho but he has managed to turn a concern with the Portuguese’s dismissal from the helm.

Lukaku initially started on the bench this year with Marcus Rashford leading the line but multiple injuries have meant that he has got the chance to impress upfront. Speaking on ESPN FC, Hislop said that Lukaku was unfairly getting the stick from the United fans earlier in the season when Mourinho was responsible for the tactics and formation.

He added that the striker’s transformation is not a surprise, given the Belgian has played with more freedom under Ole, he said: “Romelu Lukaku, even when he was getting stick from United fans and from the likes of us, even when he was being asked to do ridiculous things in my opinion under Jose Mourinho, he did so without complaint. He gave the best that he could even when it wasn’t suiting to his talent. So it’s no real surprise to see him do as he is under Solskjaer.”

Lukaku has scored two goals in each of the previous two league matches and his efforts would surely have won over the manager amid the injury crisis which has beckoned. Meanwhile, the former Everton man is expected to feature for United during the midweek Champions League clash at Paris Saint-Germain and Ole will be hoping that the marksman can come up with another strong showing.

Manchester United are currently trailing Paris Saint-Germain by two away goals after the first leg of the Champions League round of 16, and they face a huge task of overcoming the deficit, given the absence of several first-team players. Ole has confirmed that around 10 players could miss the game and this includes Paul Pogba, who has been suspended after the sending off during the home leg.