Romelu Lukaku scored again for Inter Milan last night to continue his impressive season in Italy.
It should not really matter how he gets on to us, but what’s irritating is an assumption from the media that United supporters are missing him or lamenting his sale.
Yes, Lukaku is a good player but he did not produce for United. He was a real let down in comparison to the expectation when we signed him that he could become a great.
The Belgian scored 28 league goals across two seasons, when we expected him to net more than this in a single campaign after his big money move.
To get £74 million for him was close to a miracle based on his performances between 2017 and 2019.
The tweet posted above by ITV is an example of how the Lukaku sale is misconstrued. Likewise an article from Goal yesterday described United as a ‘loser’ from the striker’s transfer to Inter Milan.
Missing the point
Querying Lukaku’s sale completely misses the point. It was time for him to go. Nobody was impressed by his performances last season, both under Jose Mourinho, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The error was not replacing him.
Lukaku did not want to be at United any longer. He told The Telegraph that he spoke to Solskjaer in March 2019 and told him that he wanted to leave Old Trafford.
Were United supposed to keep an already under performing striker on big wages, who didn’t want to stay? Frequently last season he was awful and at times he held the team back.
If Alexis Sanchez started scoring for fun in Italy, should we suddenly start missing him too?
Failing to replace Lukaku is where United got it wrong, and the club appear to have finally accepted this.
The Times reported last week United have acknowledged that not signing an extra striker was a mistake.
It was obvious an extra striker was needed given that gambles were being taken on Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood stepping up.
They have each had moments, but Martial in particular has been injured and inconsistent. An experienced striker was needed, and is finally here in Odion Ighalo, although he is no long term solution.
United are not missing Lukaku so much as the notion we are really missing his replacement. A competent board would be helpful too.
With Lukaku expressing his desire to leave last March, selling him on deadline day and bringing nobody in was a reckless gamble.
That’s the decision we all regret, not the actual act of selling a striker who didn’t want to be here. Why keep him and watch him go through the motions?
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