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Lukaku says the players have noticed a difference in Paul Pogba


Romelu Lukaku believes the Manchester United squad are enjoying a more positive environment created by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after replacing Jose Mourinho as manager.

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku

United are yet to lose under Solskjaer in 10 games in all competitions since the Norwegian took the reins at OId Trafford.

And while Lukaku has actually had less playing time under Solskjaer compared to Mourinho, the Belgium striker has acknowledged the change in vibe.

Romelu Lukaku in action against Brighton & Albion

‘It’s different, a lot more positive,’ Lukaku told Canal+. ‘People are smiling. At the moment everything is going well, and we have to continue like this. We’re enjoying it.

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Much has been made of Paul Pogba’s upturn in form following Solskjaer’s arrival. The France midfielder has scored  six goals in nine matches under new management.

Lukaku says the players have noticed a difference in Pogba.

‘We tell him at training, Paul is happy, and then he laughs,’ Lukaku said.

‘At the moment, everyone is playing at their level. That’s what’s good. Paul, Marcus (Rashford), even myself when I play, I try to bring something to the team, Anthony (Martial). The competitive mindset is returning in every player.

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Manchester United mid-fielder and 2018 World cup winner Paul Pogba
Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer

‘You see it at training when we do mini games, 6 vs 6, 8 vs 8, you can see the players are wanting to prove themselves to the manager because they want to take their chance, but the most important remains the team.

‘That’s what’s going to help us to return where we belong.’

United are away to Fulham in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off and are fifth in the table, two points behind Chelsea in fourth.


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