Romelu Lukaku has revealed what he said to Marcus Rashford before the Englishman converted his match-winning spot-kick.
The Belgian international bagged two goals at the Parc des Princes to keep Manchester United in the tie, and ultimately, it was Rashford’s penalty that sent the visitors through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League on away goals.
Lukaku could very well have taken the penalty himself and completed his hattrick, but he instead let his 20-year-old teammate take up the ginormous responsibility. And now, the Red Devils’ number 9 has revealed why.
During his post-match interview, the ex-Evertonian explained (via Mirror): “I was happy that he (Rashford) scored. He came to me and wanted to shoot. I said ‘man, this is your time. Do it for yourself and us’.”
Lukaku then admitted that he has grown to prefer playing alongside Rashford in attack instead of being the lone striker, as he added: “I like it more because Marcus and I, we are dynamic, we have a lot of running in us and we score goals.
“It has been nice to play him. When we played against Southampton, he made it so much easier for me and I scored two goals.”
The 25-year-old then went on to speak about the instructions Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed to himself and Rashford, stating: “If you look at their side, you know they are good at keeping the ball and playing in the right spaces.
“But the manager asked me and Marcus to screen the midfielders. That is what we did and on the counter, when we had little chances, we pounced.”