Lukaku scores twice to boost Manchester United bid for top-four finish

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"I go back to something that I find to be poignant and significant about Solskjaer - and that is his involvement of Sir Alex Ferguson in his, at this moment, short time as head coach at Manchester United", he told The Transfer Window podcast.

"He's done loads of running up and down the line, right wing, left wing". We had five academy kids on the pitch at one point.

United have yet to lose a league game since Solskjaer took over in December.

The caretaker boss was faced with somewhat of a selection headache at Palace after a nightmare game against Liverpool which saw four players struck down with injury.

United midfielder Ander Herrera lasted 21 minutes and Juan Mata pulled up lame four minutes later. "He played winger when he was younger at Porto, and he's skilled going forward - and yes, Zaha and Van Aanholt are a good left side for Palace".

Scott McTominay and Fred started in the centre of midfield, while James Garner came on for the Brazilian in the last minute.

"Play well when he (Fred) gets a chance, keep on training as he does, keep working", he said, according to Sport360.

"We came for a win, of course we did, but we definitely didn't want to get beat and we wanted to take something away, and we have managed that".

"We controlled it well. This is a game where we're expected to win, and the focus was excellent".

"It's Manchester United, we do have a quality squad and quality players and we will continue to bring players through". Two excellent finishes from Lukaku - the first a side-footed slot into the far corner after good work from Luke Shaw, the second an outstanding acrobatic effort after the ball broke loose from a corner - had put them into a commanding position. He's had to play wide for me and had many defensive duties so I'm happy for him playing as a number nine. All three defenders had a great game and looked very positive in their handling of very good players.

"Fred will get his chances".

Manchester United will travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace in their next English Premier League fixture. In fact, United had the better of the chances and were unlucky not to score several times but regardless, a 0-0 draw after such a torrid first half seems to be a good result.

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