Romelu Lukaku scored twice to help Manchester United get past Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
United, who are facing an injury crisis, maintained the momentum on a night when both Arsenal and Chelsea won.
The Red Devils were missing up to eight first-team players at Selhurst Park, but they didn’t let that unsettle them. United extended their unbeaten league run under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to 14 games. The man of the moment was Lukaku, who netted in each half.
His first was a well-placed shot into the corner and then he scooped the second over goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. With this brace, Lukaku now has 10 goals across all competitions this season. The Belgian hasn’t had a strong season as per his standards, but on Wednesday he took his chances.
It was also his first goal in the Premier League since his strike against Newcastle in early January. Lukaku’s exploits saw the United fans praising the Belgian for his return to form. But many of them could not hide their surprise in seeing Lukaku this way.
Here is how the fans reacted on social media:
You fucking beauty! Great finish from Lukaku. Team ruined by injuries and big Rom steps up with two goals. He’s a funny one. He missed the easiest of his three chances.
— Scott Patterson (@R_o_M) February 27, 2019
Lukaku was asked to put in a shift out wide against Liverpool under tough circumstances and today was the main man scoring two big away goals. You can knock him, but you have to also give credit where it’s due. He’s silently worked hard and now he’s been rewarded for it.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) February 27, 2019
Romelu Lukaku has scored 10 goals across all competitions in every season (apart from the first with Chelsea) he has spent in England:
2011/12: 0 goals
2012/13: 17 goals
2013/14: 16 goals
2014/15: 20 goals
2015/16: 25 goals
2016/17: 26 goals
2017/18: 27 goals
2018/19: 10 goals pic.twitter.com/g4fH7WiUF6
— Coral (@Coral) February 27, 2019
Ole: “He's (Lukaku) done loads of running up and down the line, right wing, left wing, because he's had a different role because of Rashy's form. Today, he got a chance up front and could have got another one as well.” #mufc [MEN]
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) February 27, 2019