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Didier Drogba predicts ‘crazy’ talented Romelu Lukaku will improve

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Didier Drogba expects his “crazy” talented old Chelsea team-mate Romelu Lukaku to improve even more.

After failing to find the net in nine games, Lukaku responded in superb fashion by equaling Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of three consecutive braces for Manchester United.

The Belgian forward appears to have forced his way back into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans at Old Trafford upon finding himself dropped in favour of Marcus Rashford.

While Lukaku couldn’t add to his tally in United’s 2-0 Premier League defeat to Arsenal last weekend, Solskjaer is expected to select him for today’s FA Cup quarter-final clash at Wolves if he passes a late fitness test.

At the age of 25 though, former striker Drogba believes there is still plenty of time for Lukaku to reach even greater levels in his playing career.

“I am really happy for him because I remember the way he started with us. He was a kid and now he is developing but he is still young,” Drogba told SportsMax.

“People forget that he is still young because he has been around for so long now. But the kid is still young and despite his age, he scored so many, many, many goals. He still has room for improvement. It’s crazy.

“You don’t need to play much, you need to score goals and that’s what he did [against PSG]. People talk, talk, talk but the guy is scoring his goals. He is not maybe your fancy striker, but the guy is performing.”

The former Ivory Coast international praised United for their sensational comeback win at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League following Lukaku’s double and Marcus Rashford’s injury-time penalty to secure a 3-1 second leg win.

The result enabled United to progress to the quarter-finals on away goals after finishing 3-3 on aggregate with PSG.

“I think it’s difficult to take for Paris Saint-Germain, but you have to give credit to Man United who came and still believed. Of course, Paris is out, but Man United played to qualify.

“You know football is not only attacking like crazy: football is tactical, football is thinking, football is thinking…

“You go to Paris Saint-Germain, a very good team, with talented players and you have to win. So, you need some strategy and that’s what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did, [and] he qualified.”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 22: Former Chelsea player, Didier Drogba looks on during the award ceremony after the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Final between Al Ain and Real Madrid at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)