Manchester United closed the summer transfer window without a Deadline Day signing, instead selling striker Romelu Lukakuto Inter Milan. The Belgian joined the Serie A side in a deal worth £74 million on Thursday.
This brings an end to Lukaku’s lacklustre two years at Old Trafford following his move from Everton in the summer of 2017. The former Chelsea forward is now the third most expensive signing by a Serie A club – just behind Cristiano Ronaldo (£99.2 million) and Gonzalo Higuain (£75.3 million).
The 26-year-old was not always a popular figure at United, with fans often mocking his poor first touch rather than celebrating his goals. However, he still managed a decent goal return, scoring 42 times in 96 games for the Red Devils.
Following his move to Inter Milan, we take a look three reasons why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could regret selling the Belgian:
3. Lukaku was United’s main source of goals
There has been a lot of talk about Lukaku’s poor first touch and how he does not fit into Solskjaer’s system, but the fact is that the Belgian was the Red Devils’ main source of goals in his time at the club.
During his two years at Old Trafford, Lukaku scored 27 and 15 goals respectively. For all his flaws, the 26-year-old was the club’s biggest goal threat and that cannot be disputed.
He may not be as lethal as a Luis Suarez or Wayne Rooney, but Lukaku is a natural goal scorer and United will miss him. For a club that struggled to score goals last season, selling the top scorer is definitely bad business, especially when he has not even been replaced.
No player in the current team offers a better goal threat than Lukaku and the club could rue allowing the striker to leave when the season kickstarts.