Manchester United’s remarkable run of form under caretaker coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued on Saturday afternoon with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Solskjaer made six changes to his starting line-up, with one eye on Tuesday’s crunch Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain, but his players were still able to outclass their relegation-threatened opponents on their own turf.
Paul Pogba scored his 10th Premier League goal of the season with a rasping finish from an acute angle in the 14th minute. Less than 10 minutes later it was 2-0 to the visitors following Anthony Martial’s magnificent solo effort which resembled Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal at the same ground 12 years earlier. (Watch Martial’s goal HERE).
Pogba then made it 3-0 with 25 minutes left to play from the penalty spot.
Another excellent afternoon for Man Utd, all in all, although it was yet another frustrating 90 minutes for Romelu Lukaku.
Aside from one run which led to Juan Mata winning the penalty for United’s third goal of the afternoon, the Belgian striker was poor.
The Manchester Evening News handed Lukaku a 5/10 rating - the lowest of any United player - adding: “United's poorest player versus Fulham. Immobile, lethargic and not a patch on Marcus Rashford as a figurehead. Will be back on the bench on Tuesday.”
Lukaku has now gone six games without a goal, although his reaction to Pogba’s first of the afternoon against Fulham suggested he felt his teammate should have squared the ball across the face of goal.
After full-time, Sky Sports’ pundits Jamie Redknapp, Alex Scott and Louis Saha played a clip of Lukaku’s reaction and couldn’t help laughing.
The footage shows Lukaku sticking out his arms as if to say: ‘why didn’t you pass it?!’
Quickly realising how this would look, he then pumped his fist in celebration, much to the amusement of those inside the Sky Sports studio.
Watch it here…
Many people missed it at the time, although a few eagle-eyed viewers spotted it and reacted on social media…
You have to wonder if Lukaku has a future at Old Trafford after this season with the way things are going.
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