The rumour mill keeps on churning and a prominent product of its work this summer is the rumour of Romelu Lukaku swapping Manchester for Milan and joining Antonio Conte at Inter.
The Belgian, who joined United from Everton in 2017, hasn’t had the best of luck at Old Trafford and fans of the Red Devils are quickly losing patience with the big man. In fact 15 goals in 45 appearances last season makes it one of his worst seasons in recent history. A stark change in fortunes from his first season in the North where he scored a staggering 27 goals in 51 appearances.
Perhaps his form with Belgian shows what big Rom can do when he is given the correct service, he’s scored 48 goals in 81 appearances for his country, more than one goal every two games.
It’s easy to blame Lukaku for his poor form but are his teammates and manager just as much to blame? United are crest-fallen since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson from the dugout and not even the ‘Special One’, Jose Mourinho, could bring the Premier League title back to the red side of Manchester. Instead only managing a second place finish during his time in charge, which ended earlier this year.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revived United, at least for a short time, and with that came a confidence boost for Lukaku and his team mates. Rom got nine goals in 16 games under Solskjaer , as oppose to his measly six in 22 under Mourinho. Transforming his minute per goals involvement from a sky high 234, to an impressive 84.
Had Lukaku have kept up the 84 minute stat, he would have scored double what Sadio Mane scored. The Senegalese international had an impressive goal every 150 minutes of football he was involved in, meaning he scored in at least every other game.
If Lukaku is to depart United, then it could be a chance for Rashford to step into the main forward role. Or maybe the overly disappointing Alexis Sanchez could show Manchester United fans even a glimpse of the form that once saw him carry Arsenal on his own back.