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Lukaku ‘happy’ for Man Utd progress under Solskjaer after firing Inter to Europa League final

Romelu Lukaku says he is ‘happy’ to see the progress of former side Manchester United this season, after scoring twice to fire Inter Milan to the Europa League final.

Lukuku scored a brace as Inter thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 to secure a place in Friday’s final, though the forward missed out on a potential reunion with his former side after Manchester United were beaten 2-1 by Sevilla in their last four encounter.

The Belgium international believes the Red Devils were unfortunate against the Spanish side and has kept a close eye on their progress under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, praising the club’s forward options and admitting things look promising for United ahead of the new campaign.

“United tried their hardest, they had a good season,” Lukaku told BT Sport.

“Ole had a good job, [Mason] Greenwood coming through, [Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford, I’m happy for them.

“They look really good for next season, I have no doubts.”

The 27-year-old was sold by Solskjaer last summer after just two seasons at the club, the striker not fitting with the Norwegian’s preferred style of play – his departure allowing Anthony Martial to thrive in a central role while affording Mason Greenwood increased opportunities.

Lukaku’s focus now, however, is on delivering major silverware for Inter following a hugely impressive debut season in Italian football, the 27-year-old having rediscovered his finest form since leaving Old Trafford.

The forward’s brace against Shakhtar means he has now scored in a record 10 consecutive Europa League games – a run which stretches back to November 2014 and his time at Everton – whilst he is also now just one goal short of levelling Ronaldo’s 1997/98 record of 34 goals by an Inter player in their debut season.

“I think the team’s doing well, everybody’s trying to do their best,” Lukaku added. “We worked really hard in the little camp that we had. It was tough, but I think now you see the results of the hard work that we put in.

“Physically and tactically everybody is at 100 percent. I think we knew they were good in combinations – as long as we kept the centre of the defence close, I don’t think we have any problems. Our physicality is too much for them. Our patterns of play disrupted them a lot.

“I think at the minute everything is going well. There’s one game to go, records are there to be broken. We have to prepare ourselves well, recover, then prepare.”

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