How do you solve a problem like Romelu Lukaku?
Well, it actually looks like using him as a playmaking wide-man is the way to go.
In Man United’s FA Cup clash against Arsenal this evening, the big Belgian – who’s come under heavy criticism this season for his lack of fire in front of goal – has probably been his side’s most creative player.
Playing in a forward-three alongside Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez (boo!), Romelu had a big hand in both of United’s first-half goals.
The opener was all about Lukaku, who pulled off a lovely through-pass between Arsenal’s centre-backs to put Sanchez through one-on-one with Petr Cech.
The Chilean still had it all to do though, rounding Cech and scoring from the tightest of angles – but a lot of credit goes to Rom for the pass.
Check it out below.
And he only went and did it again, didn’t he?
This time it was Lingard who got the goal, but it was Lukaku on the right-wing who again did all the hard work.
After receiving a tasty through-ball, Romelu was suddenly part of a trident of United attackers up against just two Arsenal defenders.
Cool as you like, Lukaku was able to pick out Lingard with a low pass into the box for the England forward to slot home.
Jesse being Jesse, he ran off to celebrate with a little moonwalk, but it was Lukaku who got all the love from his teammates.
This seems to be a running theme for United’s interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who’s managed to get the best out of a number of his players since replacing Jose Mourinho.
It’s amazing what a bit of love and motivation can do to a player’s confidence, eh?
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