Wright blames Man Utd duo for ‘freight train’ failure

Date published: Tuesday 15th June 2021 11:28 - Will Ford

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Ian Wright has had his say on why Manchester United did not see the best of Romelu Lukaku in his time at Old Trafford.

The Belgium striker scored 27 goals in his first full season under Jose Mourinho having joined United in the summer of 2017.

But the former Chelsea and Everton hitman failed to maintain that form and lost his place in the first team under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before being sold to Inter Milan in 2019.

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Lukaku has been in stunning goalscoring form having moved to Serie A and notched 24 league goals as Inter broke Juventus’ stranglehold to clinch the title for the first time in over a decade.

Lukaku scored twice in Belgium’s Euro 2020 opener against Russia on Saturday and Wright has described his form as “terrifying”.

And the former Arsenal striker claims the presence of the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial hampered Lukaku’s ability to perform at his best.

“Me and Roy Keane were having, not an argument, a discussion about why Lukaku is now the player we’re seeing he is, and why he wasn’t that player at Man United, and it’s different reasons,” Wright said during the Wrighty’s House podcast.

“The fact that he had to play up front 50 per cent of the time on his own, spaces he wanted to occupy were [filled] whether that’s by Rashford or Martial.

“If he drops deep like we saw him in the game on Saturday, where he got the ball and freight trained, he does that.

“At Man United he didn’t have that. He was the furthest forward, back to goal.

“That is not what Lukaku is about, Lukaku is roaming from wing to wing in that area between lines, where they’re pushing forward but have a couple of defenders back and he’s just loitering.

“He’s just loitering to the point that when you see him there…that’s danger.

“Everything he did, whether it was link-up play or running straight through, running somebody out of the space, he did everything in that game, it was really good too see.

“I said Romelu Lukaku when he left here [the Premier League], he left here with people waving him away like, ‘You’re a joke player, see you later!’, that was the vibe and you look at him now and he’s looking terrifying.”


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