Romelu Lukaku could fire Inter Milan to the Serie A title this season and while Man Utd didn’t a mistake in selling him, they still haven’t properly replaced him.
While the debate around the incumbent Manchester United No. 9 intensified on Sunday night, the last player to wear that shirt was toasting a job well done in the biggest game of the Serie A season.
There were few grumbles when United raked in £75million for Romelu Lukaku in the summer of 2019 but his latest match-defining contribution for Inter Milan has taken the Nerazzurri a step closer to a first league title in 11 years.
Inter’s 3-0 win over AC Milan at the San Siro on Tuesday afternoon stretched their lead to four points at the top of Serie A and momentum is with Antonio Conte’s side.
Lukaku laid the opener on a plate for Lautaro Martinez with a deft cross before scoring the third and he’s now registered 57 goals and 11 assists in 81 games for Internazionale. Having scored at a rate of 0.53 goals per game for United, he’s taken that to 0.78 in Milan and he’s been close to unplayable at times this season.
His contributions probably mean Lukaku will claim a league title medal alongside Ashley Young, Matteo Darmian and Alexis Sanchez. All four were in the United squad Solskjaer inherited in December 2018.
There can be little argument that the right decision was made on the departures of Young, Darmian and Sanchez, but the form of Lukaku could lead to some revisionism, especially when it compares unfavourably to that of Anthony Martial, the man who inherited that No. 9 shirt. Continue reading