Lukaku reveals how Solskjaer's analysis has transformed him

Lukaku reveals how Solskjaer's analysis has transformed him

Lukaku reveals how Solskjaer's analysis has transformed him

A weakened United squad still proved too good for the Royals in an open first-half, with Mata scoring from the spot after 23 minutes after a lengthy VAR delay.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday morning before the clash against Reading in the FA Cup, Solskjaer said of the January transfer window: "I don't expect anyone to come in. Both as individuals and we have to look at the team unit and how we play against them".

"Some players like Matteo [Darmian] played out of position but I thought he was excellent".

The nature of the match may allow the Norwegian to make changes to his side, granting regular first teamers a well-earned rest after an intense festive period from which United have plundered maximum points. That is already five worse than the total number they conceded in all of the 2017/18 league campaign. They have a process to look for the next manager but the more you're here the more you enjoy it.

"The second goal was excellent with Alexis [Sanchez] getting Romelu in".

The video assistant referee's intervention led to the opening goal from Mata, although the lengthy delay and lack of communication inside Old Trafford highlighted the issues that still need resolving.

"Through the middle, just facing the goal at all times and he knows that I am risky in that manner but also helping the team off the ball and stuff like that".

From Sanchez's through-ball, the onrushing Lukaku rounded Jaakkola to score from a tight angle.

"I don't care", Solskjaer said. Hopefully he'll be OK for next weekend [against Tottenham]. "I'm happy with the squad I've got".

"Rojo [and] Smalling - they're out", "I'm not sure if Paul [Pogba] is going to be ready for this one". Now he's had 60 minutes, so it's about building up again.

"You know the quality [Sanchez] has", Solskjaer added.

'I think from the first day when I came back in, he did a total analysis of my game and I was really surprised.

While United continue to fight on three fronts, Reading can now focus on their relegation scrap with renewed confidence.

There are few better strikers for Lukaku to learn from than Solskjaer, who scored 126 goals during 11 years as a player under Old Trafford including the dramatic victor in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

"You could tell everyone wanted the ball and wanted to express themselves and show what they could do". They created goal situations.

"We can get fitter and we have to do that through the training sessions here but Dubai is a good chance because now is the first time we get a week of work together", he said.

"We're looking forward to that one because it'll give me more of a reference as to where we are against the top boys".

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