Lukaku, Rash­ford lift Mour­inho gloom

Sunday Observer - - SPORT - ANCHESTER-

MRomelu Lukaku cel­e­brated his re­turn to the Manch­ester United start­ing line-up with a goal as Jose Mour­inho's un­der-fire side breezed to a 4-1 win over an ab­ject Ful­ham.

Lukaku's close-range fin­ish was his first at Old Traf­ford for 997 com­pet­i­tive min­utes and fol­lowed ef­forts from Ash­ley Young and Juan Mata in­side the open­ing half hour.

Clau­dio Ranieri's team lived down to the rep­u­ta­tion of the Pre­mier League's bot­tom club and any en­cour­age­ment from Aboubakar Ka­mara's 67th-minute penalty was ex­tin­guished by An­dreFrank Zambo An­guissa's red card 47 sec­onds later.

Mar­cus Rash­ford com­pleted United's first win in five league games, achieved with Paul Pogba as an un­used sub­sti­tute, which lifts them up to sixth.

Young did a fine job of lift­ing the pre­vail­ing mood at Old Traf­ford by nut­meg­ging De­nis Odoi on the left in the 13th minute and ar­row­ing a su­perb strike into the top-right cor­ner.

Lukaku's pass cut Ful­ham apart down the same flank and Mata's fin­ish through the legs of Tim Ream matched the pre­ci­sion of Rash­ford's cut­back – the Eng­land for­ward whose ven­omous free-kick was well saved by Ser­gio Rico in the 38th minute. Un­for­tu­nately for the Ful­ham goal­keeper, the de­fen­sive ef­forts in front of him re­mained woe­fully tepid and Jesse Lin­gard re­leased Mata to give Lukaku a sim­ple fin­ish be­fore half-time.


Romelu Lukaku scored his first com­pet­i­tive goal since March to put Manch­ester United in a com­fort­able three-goal lead.

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