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Sport Paul Ince questions United's decision to allow Lukaku to join Inter

22:55  22 august  2020
22:55  22 august  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Romelu Lukaku's goalscoring exploits in his debut season at Inter Milan will have left Manchester United questioning their decision to let him leave, says Paul Ince.

Having fallen out of favour last season under Jose Mourinho and then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Lukaku was allowed to leave Old Trafford to join Antonio Conte's men in a £73million move.

With a new lease of life in Italy, Lukaku has hit the ground running at the San Siro, scoring a ridiculous 34 goals in his first year there – equalling a club-record tally set by the legendary Ronaldo in the 1997-98 season.

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Lukaku went on to score the opening goal in the Europa League final, drawing level with Ronaldo's record, but will ultimately be remembered for putting the ball in the back of his own net to hand Sevilla the title.

And while it will be a disappointing end to a fantastic season, Ince was full of praise for the 27-year-old.

When asked about Lukaku's incredible campaign and whether he'd replicate back in England, Ince, who played for both Inter and United, told BT Sport: 'No I don't think he would be [scoring that amount of goals for United].

'He's with a different manager, I think what [Antonio] Conte's got out of him is a lot more than what [Jose] Mourinho or Ole got out of him at Manchester United.

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Paul Ince wearing a suit and tie: Paul Ince believes Manchester United will be questioning the decision to let him leave last year © Provided by Daily Mail Paul Ince believes Manchester United will be questioning the decision to let him leave last year a man wearing a football uniform: Having fallen out of favour last season, Lukaku was shown the exit at Old Trafford © Provided by Daily Mail Having fallen out of favour last season, Lukaku was shown the exit at Old Trafford

'He looks fitter, he looks stronger, he looks at it.

'Has it benefited Man United? I don't think so, because they still need a man, if you go back to the game against Sevilla where they couldn't score, they need someone to put the ball in the back of the net.

'When you see Lukaku do that, you start thinking why did we let him go?'

Solskjaer has opted to go with Anthony Martial to lead the line for United this season as Marcus Rashford recovered from injury.

Mason Greenwood also enjoyed a breakout year with the club and is set to be handed a more permanent role for next season.

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