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Romelu Lukaku hints he would have taken penalty duty off Paul Pogba after Burnley miss

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The Belgian let Pogba take the first spot-kick despite being on a hat-trick (Picture: Getty)

Romelu Lukaku has suggested he would have taken penalty duties off Paul Pogba had Manchester United been awarded another penalty in Sundays win over Burnley.

Pogba had the opportunity to kill off the match from the penalty spot in the second half, with Lukaku having struck twice before the break, but his effort was saved by Joe Hart, and the Red Devils endured a somewhat nervy final period after being reduced to 10 men.

Lukaku went through on goal late on and felt he was brought down illegally, and says he would have taken the penalty had it been awarded.

Pogba missed from the spot, and Lukaku would have taken the next one (Picture: Getty)

Asked if he wanted a hat-trick, Lukaku told MUTV: I did, I did. I think I should have got a penalty, on the last one. I mean, I dont dive, Im not a player thats a diver.

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But anyway, Im happy with the two goals. Im happy with the win, the way we played and now we have to continue and bring this consistency throughout the next games.

United had lost back-to-back matches and needed a response against Burnley, and Lukaku was delighted with how the side played at Turf Moor.

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He continued: I think in the first half we showed a lot of quality and in the second half we showed a lot of character, mentality.

We needed the win today, especially after back-to-back losses in which we conceded three goals – which did not happen last season. So were really delighted with the win and we have to move on from this.

Lukaku felt hed been brought down illegally by Ben Mee late on (Picture: Getty)

Asked about United moving the ball quicker, he added: We are Manchester United and thats how we have to play every game. Against Tottenham we did the same.

I think the people now will see a different side to us. Everything that weve worked on in the last couple of weeks is coming out now. A lot of quick passing, runs in behind, lot of actions and a lot of chances.

As long as we create chances, we know we will score. And we defend well, try to press the ball, the fans want to see that and we try to deliver.

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