Published On: Sat, Mar 28th, 2020

Why Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was furious with Romelu Lukaku before exit | Football | Sport

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was furious with Romelu Lukaku trying to prevent being played prior to his summer exit, reports say. The Belgium international left Old Trafford for Inter Milan in a £73million transfer deal after just two years at the club.

Lukaku was a regular for United when Jose Mourinho ruled the Old Trafford roost, often being given the task of leading the line.

His first season went well enough, with the Belgium international scoring 28 goals – the same total Zlatan Ibrahimovic had managed the season before.

Lukaku went off the boil last season, however, and ended up falling down the pecking order upon Solskjaer’s arrival as manager.

By the end he was a peripheral figure, one who was agitating to leave the club.

And The Times say that, towards the end of his time at the Theatre of Dreams, Lukaku would complain of minor muscle injuries at the end of training sessions.

This, in Solskjaer’s eyes, was a way of getting out of being played.

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Rashford was enjoying his best campaign for the club before cruelly being struck down with a back injury back in January.

Martial has 16 goals for the season, just one short of his best-ever figure for the club.

And Mason Greenwood has chipped in with 12 goals at the tender age of 18, having made his debut under Solskjaer last term.

Meanwhile, speaking earlier this month, Lukaku opened up on how his United exit came about.

And he insisted that Solskjaer wanted him to stay – but he didn’t have the energy to fight for his place.

“One bad year can happen to everybody in their career,” Lukaku said in a YouTube interview with Ian Wright.

“It was just done for me. You know what happened behind the scenes, it was just done. For me it was done.

“It was a difficult situation where for myself I had to make a decision where I have to go somewhere where I can learn other aspects of my game and work with somebody that wanted me as well.

“Ole wanted me to stay, but I told him I was over. I didn’t have the energy.

“All credit to him because he’s been a man and he helped me make the move away.”

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