When Manchester United appointed Olé Gunnar Solksjær to become their new manager and a replacement to the sacked José Mourinho, it was almost immediately evident that the former Cardiff City manager did not see striker Romelu Lukaku as an integral part of his team. The Belgian striker was huge trouble to contend with for Premier League defenders and he was also scoring goals wiring his time at Old Trafford but Solskjær felt he wanted a more ball-playing striker, something Lukaku really wasn’t.

After a few games in charge of United, Solksjær started dropping Lukaku to the substitute’s bench and was using Anthony Martial ahead of the Belgian striker. Martial, on the other hand, fit perfectly into Solksjær’s playing style and he did not need to be found with incessant crosses into the opponent’s box, something the team would easily do if Lukaku was on the pitch.

Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte immediately spotted the situation at Old Trafford and decided to capitalize on it by making a bid for the former Chelsea striker. Conte, a former Chelsea manager once tried to sign Lukaku for Chelsea during his time at Stamford Bridge but the move could not go through and he had another chance to finally get his top transfer target.

The Italian manager finally convinced the Inter Milan board to sign Lukaku and they tabled a bid of £75 million for him. United accepted the bid and Lukaku was officially an Inter Milan player. However, while United have still not found that striker that will fire them to the Premier League title, Lukaku, on the other hand, has been sensational for Inter, and with his goals, they’ve been crowned Serie A Champions.

His current teammate at Inter and former colleague at United, Ashley Young, has slammed their former club for selling the striker and says Lukaku has always been a top forward and it was a mistake to have sold him.

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