Lukaku agent reveals how presence of Man Utd star forced summer exit

Date published: Friday 6th December 2019 10:52 - Robert McCarthy

Romelu Lukaku’s agent claims that the presence of Marcus Rashford and the desire to take on “another challenge” led him away from Old Trafford.

The 26-year-old striker spent just two seasons with the Red Devils after being snapped up from Everton for £75million by then Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.

He registered 42 goals in 96 appearances, but still failed to convince many that he was the man the lead the line at Old Trafford.

With Mourinho moved on and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed in his place, Lukaku found himself slipping behind the likes of Rashford and Anthony Martial in the pecking order.

That contributed to the decision to push for an exit, which was granted when he headed to Inter Milan for an initial fee of £73m over the summer.

The Belgian has had a positive at the San Siro, despite some distractions, and his representative believes the best decision was taken for all concerned.

Federico Pastorello told Sky Sports: “He was happy at Man United. He liked the fans a lot.

“For sure, Man United is, I don’t want to see most important, but in the top three clubs in the world. He was happy about that.

“But I think he wanted to prove himself in another championship. He needed another challenge.

“The relationship with Ole at the end was good.

“There were maybe some issues tactically because he’s a No.9 striker and maybe sometimes in that position the coach preferred another amazing player that was Rashford.

“So the fact he moved was not down to some particular issue with Man United, he wanted to try a new experience.”

Lukaku is already into double figures for the 2019-20 season, with 11 goals recorded in just 17 outings for Inter, who are top of the Serie A table under Antonio Conte.


Meanwhile, Manchester United’s players pleaded with club officials not to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of the impressive win over Tottenham, claims a report.

The Times suggest that United’s squad are behind the Norwegian and their performance against Spurs certainly supported that notion, as they put in arguably their best display of the season in the 2-1 victory.

Solskjaer has come under increasing pressure of late after a poor start to the season and The Sun claimed that Solskjaer had told his players he could be axed if he lost to Jose Mourinho’s men on Wednesday.

The United boss rubbished those suggestions, but the tabloid have certainly sharpened their knives for Solskjaer because the following day they ran a story claiming Gareth Southgate could be in the frame to replace him at the end of the season.

The Times, who of course are also a News Corp publication, like The Sun, report that United’s squad went to tell “senior figures” at the club that Solskjaer still had the support of the United dressing room, before Wednesday night. Read more…


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