March 31, 2018 / 4:08 PM / a year ago

Lukaku reaches century in easy Man United win


Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United vs Swansea City - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - March 31, 2018 Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Romelu Lukaku became the first Belgian to reach 100 Premier League goals as Manchester United quickly regained second place in the table from Liverpool with a comfortable 2-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday.

The powerful striker put his team in front within five minutes from a pass by Alexis Sanchez, who added the second a quarter of an hour later.

United, with record signing Paul Pogba back in the side,

were dominant, although David de Gea did have to make two saves from Tammy Abraham.

Swansea, revitalised under Jose Mourinho’s friend and compatriot Carlos Carvalhal, remained three points above the relegation zone.

“It would be perfect if we could play the second half as well as we did the first half,” Mourinho said.

“The first half we played very well: we kept Swansea back, we scored, we played beautiful. It was perfect.

“The second half they improved but we let it go. But it’s fine.

“We want to finish second this year and have 10 points more than last season, more goals scored, less goals conceded, but there is a club which is making it practically impossible to follow. In other leagues we would be fighting for the title.”

Carvalhal was pleased with the way his team improved after halftime.

“If we achieved one goal in those few situations, when David de Gea made fantastic saves, you never know,” he said. “We could have made United nervous.

“We have eight games left. I have good expectations for the future as I think if we will play like that in the future, then we will stay in the Premier League.”

Reporting by Steve Tongue, editing by Ed Osmond, Neville Dalton

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