The Manchester United rebuild has got off to a sluggish start, with Daniel James being the only addition, and the Red Devils are set to lose some top players this summer.
Romelu Lukaku has underwhelmed since joining Manchester United two years ago. The former Evertonian has put up fairly decent numbers but his impact has been questioned regularly. Lukaku faced criticism for his poor ball control and untidy linkup play. The arrival of Solskjaer has seen the Belgian international drop down the pecking order with Marcus Rashford bring preferred by the Norwegian. The 26-year-old has openly flirted with the prospect of joining the Antonio Conte revolution at Inter Milan. Now, it has been fueled further by the Belgian National team manager, Roberto Martinez.
“Good thing for both parties”
“It is clear that he has to leave Manchester United,” Martinez told Belgian outlet Het Laatste Nieuws.“It would be a good thing for both parties and it is now important that Romelu finds the right club.” These comments from Martinez should not come as a surprise to anyone after the Lukaku himself had cast doubt on his Manchester United future.
“I have a contract with Man United,” Lukaku said after the game against Scotland. “I’ll speak with my club and my agent Federico Pastorello to make the best decision. I am going to enjoy my holidays with my family now. I know what I’ll do but won’t say it. We’ll see. If I expect a busy summer? Yes.”
Roberto Martinez might have a valid point. Lukaku and Solskjaer’s United seem an odd fit. While the new United boss is unwilling to trust the Belgian, Antonio Conte has differing views. Conte, who has an affinity to a three-at-the-back and two-up-top, considers him to be the ideal physical presence to lead the line.
Romelu Lukaku thrives on quality service, which he has been deprived of at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have generally underwhelmed in the attack, isolating their No.9 in the process. But with Ivan Perisic and Matteo Politano delivering quality balls from wide areas, Lukaku could re-establish himself as one of the top marksmen in Europe.
Even for United, selling the £75m would be the best option. If the Mancunians are able to recover their investment on Lukaku, areas in defence and midfield could be considerably strengthened. The phrase “the right move at the wrong time” accurately typifies Romelu Lukaku’s Manchester United career.