Players convinced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will get Manchester United job?

Antonio Valencia

Trailing against Premier League strugglers Southampton, Manchester United needed inspiration and it came in the form of the often-criticised Romelu Lukaku, who drew praise from his manager as his and United's revival continued with a 3-2 win on Saturday. "We were defeated by a fantastic Romelu Lukaku".

"The dressing room was bouncing, they were happy, looking forward to Wednesday", said the Norwegian.

"I think he can continue to improve so much more at a club where he has stability and can be the main man on and off the pitch". The Belgian showed that not only is he now in-form, but that he can do some fantastic things with his right foot. "If we did a score chart in training, he's the one that scores the most by a mile".

Solskjaer has made numerous Man United players play better than they did under Jose Mourinho and now Lukaku can fit into that mold.

Pereira had equalised for United in the 53rd minute as substitute Diogo Dalot combined with Lukaku, forcing the ball through to the young Brazilian who took a touch before curling a magnificent finish into the Southampton goal.

Since becoming United's second most expensive player ever in 2017, things have not always gone smoothly for Lukaku.

"We played them here and they're a good team, and we've got loads of injuries, but there are a few boys here who will want to be a part of it".

And shined he did. "We had to keep the pressure on them and keep winning games". Even Solskjaer said after the game maybe his position should be as a number 8, or a number 10, rather than a six.

But there were question marks over David De Gea as Charlie Austin passed wide to the overlapping 20-year-old and his immaculate 30-yard strike beat the United goalkeeper at his near post. James Ward-Prowse showed a glimpse of his talents, after hitting the top corner of the goal from a direct free-kick.

"I'm just not sure you are ever going to win the league with a goalscorer like him", said former United midfielder Paul Scholes in November, towards the end of Lukaku's 12-game goal drought in all competitions.

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