Marcus Rashford has hailed Romelu Lukaku’s incessant determination to improve himself at Manchester United, and says he has taken inspiration from it.
The young English striker netted twice in a fantastic 2-1 win against Liverpool to end a goal drought that had seen him score just three goals in all competitions since October.
It was Rashford’s first Premier League start since Boxing Day, and the 20-year-old revealed he has taken things from Lukaku’s game since the Belgian arrived at Old Trafford last summer for an initial £75m from Everton.
“His determination to improve is the biggest feature I’ve picked up from his game,” Rashford claimed.
“He always wants to improve. He always wants to better himself. When he’s doing it, it pushes others to be better. It’s a massive boost to have him at the club.”
Lukaku’s form in the last two months has been superb, and he’s becoming increasingly influential in the Man United side. In a goalscoring sense, he’s closing in on his all-time record as a player (of 26 goals in all competitions in one season), with his equaliser against Crystal Palace in last week’s 3-2 comeback win in London his 21st goal of the campaign.
However, he beat his assist record with a seventh of the season when Rashford latched onto his header to give United the lead against Liverpool.
Lukaku’s hold-up play is improving with each game, having been very questionable in the first half of the season. He is rarely beaten in the air and is using the ball with more effectiveness now.
The 24-year-old is a wonderful outlet for United for counter-attacks and his workrate is superb. Against Liverpool it was Lukaku ensuring the Reds didn’t sit back too excessively in the second half when looking to protect a slender lead.
Manager Jose Mourinho clearly trusts Lukaku, playing him in almost every game, and he is repaying that faith with performances when it matters. Not just that, but he’s helping Rashford, and likely Anthony Martial too, to develop.