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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains his tactical change for Lukaku during Bournemouth win

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Romelu Lukaku marked his return from injury with a much-needed goal on Sunday as Manchester United beat Bournemouth 4-1.

United were already 3-1 ahead when the Belgian came on in the 70th minute, but he wasted no time by finding the back of the net within two minutes.

Paul Pogba provided the assist as Lukaku found space in the box and finished past Asmir Begovic using his weaker right foot.

Lukaku's goal came after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - who replaced Jose Mourinho as manager two weeks' ago - said he wanted to put the 25-year-old striker on the right path.

"My chats with Anthony [Martial], Romelu, Alexis [Sanchez] - I'm here to put them on the path and it's up to them to do it on the pitch," said Solskjaer in a recent press conference.

"It's up to them when they get a chance, that's the name of the game as a footballer - you've got to do it yourself. I gave some guidelines, of course, on freedom of expression."

Solskjaer faces quite the challenge when it comes to resurrecting Lukaku's stalling career at United, but the former marksman already seems to be working his magic.

Speaking after the Bournemouth win, Solskjaer explained that he's made some tactical changes to Lukaku's game that will be music to United fans' ears.

Whereas Mourinho predominantly used Lukaku as a target man, Solskjaer wants Lukaku to focus on making more runs in behind opposition defences and scoring goals.

Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

"At times, yeah," said Solskjaer of Lukaku changing positions, per Manchester Evening News. "He's a good target man, but if you tell him to be a target man he'll never face the goal.

"Today he was side on and then he can go in behind or go towards the ball. He's got the attributes of a top, top striker.

"Obviously we need to work on his fitness because he's had a few days off, but [I'm] delighted for him. Even though he was half-a-yard offside, it was a good finish."

Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

It's about time a United manager played to Lukaku's strengths and hopefully Solskjaer's changes will help the Belgium international rediscover his form.

Lukaku's change in approach was also detailed by the Times' Paul Hirst, who wrote: "United fans have become used to seeing Lukaku demand the ball to his feet with his back to goal.

"He would cushion the ball, play it backwards and United would start building an attack from deep.

However, the problem was that it was a boring, slow, methodical way of starting an attack, far too predictable."

Topics:
Football
Jose Mourinho
Paul Pogba
Alexis Sanchez
Premier League
Romelu Lukaku
Manchester United

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