Romelu Lukaku admits he was thinking about leaving Manchester United almost immediately after his Premier League debut for the club.
The Belgium striker joined the Red Devils from Everton for £75million in 2017 but he spent only two years at Old Trafford before moving on to Inter Milan last summer.
Lukaku struggled to establish himself in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s XI but the centre-forward believes he and Paul Pogba were being made scapegoats for United’s decline.
Speaking to the New York Times, Lukaku has opened up over his United exit.
“I took him [Pogba] aside and told him I was done with Manchester United. There was a feeling that Pogba and I were guilty of the fall of Manchester United.
“From the beginning it was a ‘Yes, but…’. I scored in the European Super Cup and they said, ‘Yes, but he got another one wrong’.
“When I first started out in the Premier League, I scored against West Ham and they said, ‘Yeah, but…’. Since then I imagined how it would feel to leave the club. One year at United erases the previous eight.”
“Since March I had made the decision to start from scratch, to rebuild my reputation. I said to myself: ‘The Premier was good for me, but I had to leave’. Italian? It took me 2 or 3 weeks of hard work to learn it. Now nobody speaks English to me anymore.”