Lukaku picks out surprise replacement as best youngster at Man Utd

Date published: Sunday 19th April 2020 5:22

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Former Man Utd centre-forward Romelu Lukaku identified the man who effectively became his replacement as the best youngster at Old Trafford, hinting at one key characteristic why.

The Belgian striker spent two years in Manchester following his mega money arrival from Everton in 2017.

Despite a promising debut season in which Lukaku notched 27 goals in all competitions, his 2018-19 campaign was a relative disappointment, eventually leading to his departure to Inter Milan in the summer.

Speculation abounded about who Man Utd would sign to replace Lukaku, yet much to the chagrin of some Red Devils supporters, no new striker arrived in the summer window.

That inaction paved the way for teenage sensation Mason Greenwood to effectively become Lukaku’s surprise replacement in the squad, however, with the 18-year-old registering his name on the scoresheet 12 times in a blistering breakthrough campaign.

Greenwood’s impact has not gone unnoticed, with a recent report stating that Borussia Dortmund tried to lure the young forward into moving to Germany in order to facilitate and offset the exit of Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford.

Much like Dortmund, Lukaku recognised Greenwood’s immense talents, and singled out the forward in a Twitter Q&A as being the best young footballer at the club.

Hinting at the reason behind his selection, Lukaku described the star as “cold,” perhaps referring to Greenwood’s icy focus and clinicality in front of goal after previously being described as the best finisher at the club by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Lukaku has hit the ground running in Serie A, forming a lethal combination with Barcelona target Lautaro Martinez.

His goal scoring exploits have led some fans to yearn for a Premier League return, though the centre-forward doesn’t see a return to England in his future plans.

When asked in the Q&A “Will you ever play in the Premier league again & will it be back at Everton,” Lukaku replied: “I don’t think so but I loved my time at Everton for real.”

 

Meanwhile, Man Utd and Liverpool have been put on alert after the latest comments made by Bayer Leverkusen’s sporting director about the future of superstar forward Kai Havertz.

Havertz recently admitted his ambition will likely see him depart the Bundesliga in order to take “the next step” in his career.

Read the full story and what scenario was described as a “logical development” here.

 

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