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Romelu Lukaku celebrates with his Manchester United team-mates.

Lukaku: Wins like Palace could prove vital

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has said wins like the one against Crystal Palace could prove crucial in the Reds’ top-four fight.

United ran out as 3-1 winners in the Premier League clash on Wednesday at Selhurst Park, and with Arsenal and Chelsea also picking up three points on the same night it was important not to lose pace with our closest rivals.

The win means we are still fifth in the table, just a point behind Arsenal in fourth and two ahead of sixth-place Chelsea.

'I never hesitate in the box'Video

Lukaku, who bagged a brace against the Eagles, knows how vital his goals could prove come the end of the season.

“Games like this, you have to win,”
the Belgian frontman told MUTV after the latest triumph for the in-form Reds. 

“I’m excited for the next couple of weeks because, with the players we have, we’re going to get results and, when the injured players come back, hopefully they can give us the push that we need to finish as high as possible in the league.”


It was Lukaku who got the Reds up and running on Wednesday when he broke the deadlock just after the half-hour mark.
The 25-year-old showed great composure and razor-sharp reactions as he quickly shifted the ball onto his right foot and bent it past the helpless Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal.

“I noticed that there was a bit of space on my right side, so I just adjusted and bang. It was a good goal,”
he said.

“I worked a lot on my left and right since I was little, so when the ball comes into the box, I don’t hesitate on my left, on my right, or my head. I’m really happy with the win and I’m happy to get two goals as well.”
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Romelu Lukaku scores for Manchester United.
Watch as Rom beats Vicente Guaita for his second of the night.
Rom found the back of the net again after the break and, in doing so, netted his 10th league goal of the campaign.

The strike also means he has become one of the top 20 all-time Premier League goalscorers. His 111th goal means he is now level with former Red Dion Dublin in joint-20th place.

To top off a great evening, Rom’s two-goal haul against the Eagles saw him named Man of the Match by our fans with 65 per cent of the vote, ahead of Luke Shaw (28%) and Ashley Young (7%).

“I was just hoping for a chance to play as a centre forward and I got the chance today and I’m really happy that I helped the team win the game,”
said Lukaku.

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“It doesn’t matter if I play left, right or up front, I always try and do my best for the team. As long as the team win and I can contribute to the win, I am happy.”


The victory for United on Wednesday set a new club record of eight consecutive away victories, something Lukaku believes the squad should be immensely proud of.

“It was a really good achievement if you look at the teams we played against. Everybody was doubting us but we responded in the way that Manchester United always should respond - by winning games and dominating.”


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