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Lukaku unsurprised by Rashford’s progress at Man United

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Romelu Lukaku insists that Marcus Rashford’s upturn in form for Manchester United has come as no surprise to him as competition between the pair heats up.

The 21-year-old forward has overseen a remarkable upturn in form at Old Trafford since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge as manager in December.

In just 19 games, Rashford has bagged nine goals and four assists in his favoured centre-forward under Solskjaer.

But the England international’s new-found fortunes had seen Lukaku initially struggled to force his way into Solskjaer’s plans after being a regular starter during Jose Mourinho’s spell as head coach.

More recently, though, the Belgian striker has made it back into the United line-up and even started alongside Rashford.

“I expected it from him to be honest, with the qualities that he has, the work that he’s been doing on the pitch,” said Lukaku on United’s Twitter.

“He is a level-headed young guy and he already knows what he wants, so I’m really happy with the performances that he is delivering for the team.”

On Solskjaer’s impact on him, Lukaku said “He helped me a lot. On the pitch, off the pitch, from advice about my positioning to how to hit the ball and stuff like that.

“Every training session is really offensive-minded and it really helps us a lot and I think you can see the results.”

The Red Devils are locked in a tight battle for a top-four spot in this season’s Premier League along with Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Currently, United are down in sixth-place and two points adrift of Arsenal in fourth heading into the final six games of the season.

“It’s exciting, but you’d rather play for the league than play for the top four,” said Lukaku.

“So for us, we’re in that situation right now and [we have] to make the best out of it and finish as high as we can. And then build for the future.”