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Lukaku's Manchester United dilemma similar to mine as player - Solskjaer's

The ESPN FC crew examine Paul Pogba's improved performances at Manchester United with the departure of Jose Mourinho.

MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Romelu Lukaku to be ready to take his chance to impress -- just like he did when he was a player.

The Belgian has so far been restricted to a bit-part role under Solskjaer, with the Norwegian putting his faith in a youthful front three of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

Solskjaer said Lukaku will get chances during the second half of the season, but the 45-year-old added that the competition...

Lukaku: Solskjaer advice turned Man United form around after dip under Mourinho

The FC crew remain unsure that Ole Gunnar Solskaer is the right long-term appointment for Manchester United, even if he sees out his interim role successfully.

MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed how a one-to-one meeting with caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has helped rediscover his goal-scoring touch.

The Belgian has scored three goals in his last three games including the second in the 2-0 FA Cup third round win over Reading on Saturday.

It is the 25-year-old's best run in a United shirt since March after struggling for goals in the final months of Jose Mourinho's reign.

"He [Solskjaer] knows the type of striker...

Pogba an injury doubt for Man United's FA Cup date with Reading

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits his admiration for fans singing his name, as he hopes to continue his recent success at Manchester United.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba could be forced to miss the FA Cup clash with Reading but Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku will start.

Pogba was on the receiving end of a heavy challenge from Jonjo Shelvey during the 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday and may be ruled out of the third-round tie at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime.

"I'm not sure if Paul is going to be ready," caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told a news conference on Friday. "He got a knock against Newcastle.

"If...

Premier League W2W4: Lukaku next to get a boost at Man United? Plus: pressure's on Man City vs. Liverpool

There's rarely a moment's rest for the Premier League over the festive period and this week heading into 2019 is no different. There's a potential title-decider at the Etihad, a resurgent Man United and questions galore for Maurizio Sarri. We preview what you need to watch for over the New Year fixtures. Happy 2019!

Lukaku could be next to benefit from Solskjaer's magic

Who knows how far Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's maverick approach of being positive and not treating his players like wastes of...

Weekend numbers: Messi's 43rd hat trick for Barcelona; Ronaldo gets Juve's 5000th

The FC crew answer your tweets on Liverpool's chances of winning the Premier League, Jose Mourinho's ability to manage a top side again and more.
Gab Marcotti believes the personality issue between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho is merely the Man United manager's attempt to create a scapegoat.
Following Manchester United's resounding defeat at Liverpool, Craig Burley slams the club's lack of leadership, from the boardroom to the pitch.
Jose Mourinho did not appreciate getting asked if he has the backing of the dressing room following Manchester United's loss to Liverpool.
With Liverpool getting their first league win over Manchester United since 2014, FC's Shaka Hislop examines the gulf in class between the two sides.
Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop break down Arsenal's surprising loss to Southampton, and determine if more defensive struggles are on the horizon for the Gunners.

Liverpool went back to the top of the Premier League table with an emphatic 3-1 win over Manchester United, while Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus to yet another milestone with a goal in their 1-0 derby win against Torino. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi did Lionel Messi things (scored three, assisted two) as Barcelona thrashed Levante 5-0. Here are the best numbers from the weekend's action:


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Lionel Messi is the first player to reach double figures for both goals (14) and assists (10) in the top...

Mourinho 4/10, Lukaku 5/10 as Man United slump to defeat at Liverpool

Liverpool beat Manchester United for the first time since 2013-14 as they reclaim the top spot in the Premier League from Manchester City.
Liverpool beat Manchester United for the first time since 2013-14 as they reclaim the top spot in the Premier League from Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho did not appreciate getting asked if he has the backing of the dressing room following Manchester United's loss to Liverpool.
Following Manchester United's resounding defeat at Liverpool, Craig Burley slams the club's lack of leadership, from the boardroom to the pitch.
With Liverpool getting their first league win over Manchester United since 2014, FC's Shaka Hislop examines the gulf in class between the two sides.
With Liverpool getting their first league win over Manchester United since 2014, FC's Shaka Hislop examines the gulf in class between the two sides.

Manchester United slipped 19 points behind Liverpool with a 3-1 defeat at Anfield. More importantly, Jose Mourinho's side are now 11 points off the pace in the race for the top four. 

The three goals United conceded against Liverpool took their tally to 29 -- one more than they shipped in total last season. Jesse Lingard provided the one highlight for the travelling fans but his equaliser in the first half turned out to be nothing more than a consolation as Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench...