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Lukaku’s new nickname

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Jesse Lingard has hailed teammate Romelu Lukaku as a ‘beast’ following his performance in Manchester United’s 2-1 win against Liverpool

Lukaku assisted Marcus Rashford for the opening goal of the game at Old Trafford and received a lot of praise for his performance against the Liverpool defence.

“He’s a beast,” said Lingard, according to Manchester Evening Standard.

Despite having failed to score himself, the Belgium international was on the receiving end of alot of praise with Graeme Souness claiming that Lukaku will have given Dejan Lovren “nightmares about him”.

Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher was equally impressed with Lukaku, but was disappointed with Lovren’s approach to handling the 24 year-old.

“He’s a machine Lukaku, the size of him,” said Carragher.

“There is nothing wrong with accepting that someone is stronger than you in a game. Don’t fight someone who is stronger than you.”

One notable aspect of Lukaku’s performance was his stamina with the forward having chased balls down throughout the match.

“It was non-stop running all game,” said Lingard.

“He gives us that second alternative (as a target man).

“He chases balls down and chases lost causes for us.”

Rashford, who’s two goals sealed the win, was also full of praise for his teammate and revealed that the Belgium’s determination is helping both himself and his teammates push themselves even further.

“His confidence is brilliant,” said Rashford. “His determination to improve is the biggest feature I’ve picked up from his game.

“He’s always wanting to improve. He always wants to better himself.

“When he’s doing that, it pushes other to be better.”

United maintain their second place in the Premier League standings, after their 2-1 win against Liverpool. Jose Mourinho’s side will now turn their focus to the second leg of their Round of 16 tie against Sevilla in the Champions League with the aggregate score tied at 0-0.