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Lone forward Romelu Lukaku has shone despite poor service

(Ah Fat Talk Ball) - Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku has been "top drawer" in his debut season at Old Trafford despite not playing alongside a partner up front, former striker Andy Cole has said.

Lukaku, who signed from Everton in the close season, opened his account for Jose Mourinho's side in the 2-1 European Super Cup defeat by Real Madrid and has added another 25 goals in all competitions this season.

The Belgium international has largely operated as a lone forward and Cole, who partnered Dwight Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham in United's treble-winning season in 1999, said the 24-year-old had exceeded his expectations.

Lukaku began the season strongly but went off the boil, going without a goal in seven games in all competitions between October and November. He has since found form and scored his 100th Premier League goal against Swansea City last weekend.

Second-placed United have 68 points from 31 games and will look to deny leaders Manchester City the win they require to clinch the league title on Saturday.

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