Romelu Lukaku signed for Inter Milan last summer and has now revealed about a key decision taken by the Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer forced him to make the switch.
Speaking about the decision to leave Man Utd though, Lukaku has revealed that there was one specific tactical choice that Solskjaer was prepared to make which ultimately convinced him that his time at Old Trafford was coming to an end.
It was after the game against West Ham at home, Solskjaer decided to line me up on the right-wing, very wide. The experience in Manchester made me mentally stronger because not everything went as I had expected, he is quoted as saying by Goal Italy, in his lengthy interview with Corriere Dello Sport.
I didn’t win what I was hoping for, my performance was not entirely positive and I didn’t even feel 100% wanted. Not so much from the technical staff or my teammates, but from the people around. So after the match against Chelsea, on April 28, the coach called me for a meeting and I told him what I thought and that I wanted to leave. He read in my face that I didn’t want to stay any longer and he replied that he didn’t want to hold anyone against their will.
He understood my point of view and assured me that he would do everything possible to satisfy me. He earned my respect and, until I left Manchester, there was no problem with him. Even management helped me. I also spoke with Ed Woodward and Matt Judge and everyone understood why I wanted to leave. It was a frank and honest conversation. There was no war, but the decision was shared. This is why the hierarchy at United and Solskjaer will have my eternal respect.
It’s easy to understand why that decision may well have planted doubts in Lukaku’s mind about his future at Man Utd, as there is little doubt that he is more effective closer to goal through the middle, as evidenced by his form for Inter as their talisman up top so far this season.