Romelu Lukaku says Solskjaer's actions in first Man Utd training 'really surprised' him

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Romelu Lukaku seems to be rediscovering his form at Manchester United under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Since returning from injury the Belgian has scored three goals in three games across all competitions, with two coming from the bench.

He's looked sharper and more confident, which can't be just a coincidence following Jose Mourinho's sacking and Solskjaer's arrival.

Being a former striker himself, Solskjaer possesses the knowledge and experience to improve Lukaku's game.

Indeed, just last week the United manager explained how he wants Lukaku to make more runs in behind defences rather than playing like a target man.

"At times, yeah," said Solskjaer of changing the striker's tactics, 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 (against Bournemouth) 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."

Following Saturday's 2-0 win over Reading in the FA Cup, Lukaku said that Solskjaer has been working with him on his movement, which will be music to the ears of United fans.

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He also explained how the United legend "surprised" him on the first day they met at training by taking him through a thorough analysis of his game, explaining where he was going wrong.

"Movement-wise and stuff like that, but obviously he knows the type of striker that I am," said the 25-year-old when asked how Solskjaer has helped him.

"I think from the first day when I came back in, he did a total analysis of my game and I was really surprised.


"He helped me a lot and I am looking forward to keeping on working with him. He talks to me all the time and I like that, and he plays in a way that I like to play, and also the rest of the team.

"We are just enjoying our football right now, but he wants us to win and we want to win."

Solskjaer has been a big hit with United's squad and showed the kind of results you can achieve when you pay enough attention to your players.

Are you listening, Jose?

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