04/04/2018 09:00, Report by Mark Froggatt

Manchester United ambassador Andy Cole has endorsed Romelu Lukaku’s debut season at Old Trafford, stating his admiration for the Belgian scoring 26 goals as a lone striker.

Lukaku found the net once again during Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Swansea City and, impressively, the 24-year-old now has 11 goals from 15 fixtures across all competitions in 2018.

Cole’s best tally with United was in fact 25 goals during the 1997/98 season and, while appearing on The Paddy Crerand Show earlier this week, he expressed his great respect for the club’s latest no.9.

“Lukaku has had a very good season,” Andy opined on MUTV. “I think it has probably been a lot tougher than he would have thought and now he appreciates that you can’t have a weekend off at Manchester United, which he could have done at his previous clubs Everton and West Bromwich Albion. 

“Here, you can’t afford to do that. But he has played the majority of games and that says a lot about him. He has not been injured and, for his first season, I think he has been top drawer.”

Cole famously played alongside Dwight Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham in the club’s iconic Treble campaign and, as he states, Lukaku does not have such a partnership this term.

“It is difficult to be a lone striker and especially if you don’t get the service at times,” said Cole. “It…

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