United have been blowing teams away with their rapid football under Solskjaer, but against the Clarets – especially in the first half – there was a return to the ponderous attacking play of the Jose Mourinho era.
It was United’s worst performance since the other match Lukaku started up front under Solskjaer, the sleepy 2-0 FA Cup third round victory over Reading at the start of January.
That United struggle so much when Lukaku leads the line is no coincidence; his movement is not good enough to dislodge opposition defenders, his touch is unreliable and his physical presence up front sees his team-mates slip back towards the more direct style Mourinho preferred.
The Belgian showed at the Emirates Stadium last Friday night that he can be a useful presence out on the right wing – where he has more space to move onto the ball.
But the nature of that Burnley performance showed that Marcus Rashford must remain as United’s first-choice centre-forward from now until the end of the season.
The England international pulls defenders around, offers a threat in behind and quickens up United’s attacking play; and to top it off, he has been in devastating goalscoring form under Solskjaer.
If Anthony Martial or Jesse Lingard need a rest, Alexis Sanchez should come into the side and the former Arsenal man should be the first-choice replacement up front should anything happen to Rashford.
It simply keeps United motoring along far quicker and fits better with what Solskjaer wants his United to be.
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