Alan Shearer reacts to Romelu Lukaku’s goal in Man United’s 2-0 win at Newcastle

The Newcastle legend praises Romelu Lukaku for his goal in Manchester United's 2-0 win at Newcastle on Wednesday night

Man United striker Romelu Lukaku Photo: Romelu Lukaku / Instagram

Alan Shearer praised Romelu Lukaku after Manchester United scored two second-half goals to secure a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils appeared to be heading for their first stalemate under interim Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a frustrating 63 minutes at Newcastle.

The Norwegian coach opted to bring on Lukaku for France international Anthony Martial and the Belgian centre-forward required less than 40 seconds to make the breakthrough.

Lukaku pounced on a loose ball after Marcus Rashford failed to hit the target and the 25-year-old placed a finish past the Newcastle goalkeeper to make the breakthrough with 26 minutes left to play.

Rashford did get on the score sheet in the 80th minute when the Manchester United striker was found by substitute Alexis Sanchez with space in the area and the Englishman made no mistake with a simple finish.

Former Newcastle striker Shearer, who is the Premier League’s record goal-scorer, was full of praise for Lukaku after his brilliant goal in the second half.

“What a way to come on,” Shearer told BBC Sport.

“First touch. It was a good strike from Marcus Rashford, it just dropped in front of the keeper, but he must do better.

“The ball had a dip on it and it bounces in front of him.

“Romelu Lukaku was the first one to react, quicker than any defender, he was in there like flash and what a finish.”

Manchester United have won their opening four Premier League games under interim manager Solskjaer to breathe life into their top-four challenge.

The Red Devils have scored 14 times in four games under the Norwegian, having restored their attacking mentality.

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