Romelu Lukaku has today discussed the thought process behind his decision to depart Manchester United, revealing his opinion that he and Paul Pogba were all too often singled out for blame amid the Red Devils’ struggles.
Following months of rampant speculation, confirmation of Lukaku’s United exit finally arrived early in August.
The Belgian secured a deadline day move to Serie A giants Inter Milan, for a fee which could eventually reach almost £74 million:
🚨 | BIG ANNOUNCEMENT@RomeluLukaku9 è un giocatore dell’Inter! 🇧🇪⚫🔵
— Inter (@Inter) August 8, 2019
United’s decision to part ways with Lukaku came after the 26-year-old struggled to just 15 goals across all competitions last season.
In addition, the more high-tempo, technical brand of football which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had-long been attempting to implement is evidently far more suited to some of the other attacking options at the disposal of the Norwegian tactician.
‘Guilty of the fall’
Lukaku, though, since revealed that his former boss actually wanted him to remain at Old Trafford for this season.
Speaking to Het Belang van Limburg in his home country last month, the Belgian opened up on his United exit, explaining:
‘I have been in the Premier League as an 18-year-old boy and now I am 26. Solskjaer wanted to keep me. But I was ready for something new.’
During an interview with Italian outlet Calciomercato earlier today, meanwhile, Lukaku went on to provide further insight into his decision to seek out a new club.
The former Chelsea and Everton man revealed that close friend Paul Pogba was the first of his Red Devils teammates whom he informed of his intentions to move on.
This came amid a feeling on Lukaku’s part that he and the Frenchman had become the fall guys at Old Trafford:
‘I took him aside and told him I was done with Manchester United. There was a feeling that Pogba and I were guilty of the fall of Manchester United.’
‘From the beginning it was a ‘Yes, but…’. I scored in the European Super Cup and they said, ‘Yes, but he got another one wrong’. When I first started out in the Premier League, I scored against West Ham and they said, ‘Yeah, but…’. Since then I imagined how it would feel to leave the club. One year at United erases the previous eight.’