I’ve always been of the belief that Manchester United were right to sell Romelu Lukaku last summer. However, Paul Ince thinks otherwise…
The Belgian enjoyed an excellent first season at the Theatre of Dreams, though his second term in Manchester left plenty to be desired. When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge, the striker’s minutes drastically decreased, with the Baby Faced Assassin seemingly looking to move in a different direction.
Understandably, Lukaku wanted week-in-week-out starts. United couldn’t offer him that and were happy to sell – but only if the price was right.
For what it’s worth, I have absolutely no problem with Lukaku wanting to leave. I just don’t believe he went about it in a professional manner.
Although Lukaku has scored bucket-loads of goals for Inter Milan this season, I stand by United’s decision to move on from big Rom.
However, ex-Red Paul Ince has questioned United’s decision to sell the 27-year-old star. Yep, even after he scored an own-goal that handed the Europa League to Sevilla last night…
Here’s what Ince had to say:
‘The goal there where he just bursts past the player, you wouldn’t see that at Old Trafford.
‘Has it benefited Man United? I don’t think so, because they still need a man. If you go back to the game against Sevilla where they couldn’t score, they need someone to put the ball in the back of the net.
‘When you see Lukaku do that, you start thinking why did we let him go?’
It’s worth noting that Lukaku has always spoken well of Solskjaer and United. At the time, it felt like a move that benefitted everyone. I’ll reiterate that I don’t like the way he went about it – which left some United fans feeling pretty unhappy with the Belgian.
I’ll also be the first to admit that I chuckled when Lukaku stuck the ball into his own net last night. It was very similar to the time he gifted two goals to Manchester City at Old Trafford during his final season – another big game in which he struggled to make an impact.
Sure, United still need to add another striker to the squad and they’re yet to fully replace Lukaku. However, moving away from him was absolutely the correct decision – last night only reaffirmed that belief, which is why Ince’s comments seem a little strange to me.
If you need goals against bottom-half teams, Lukaku is your man. However, his link-up play often left plenty to be desired, while I think we can all agree that watching Anthony Martial is far more enjoyable than watching Lukaku.
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