Manchester United should be questioning why they allowed Romelu Lukaku to leave the club following his impressive season at Inter Milan.
That’s the verdict of former Red Devils midfielder Paul Ince, who believes the Belgian has looked a different player under Antonio Conte this term.
Lukaku bagged 34 goals in his debut season at Inter, with his opening strike in their 3-2 Europa League final defeat against Sevilla meaning he has matched Brazil legend Ronaldo’s record tally for the Italian club in 1997/98.
He sealed a £72million switch to the San Siro last summer after being deemed surplus to requirements by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United, having scored just 15 goals in the 2018/19 campaign.
And Ince thinks questions should be asked about Lukaku’s sale at Old Trafford, insisting the Red Devils haven’t benefitted from his departure.
“No I don't think he would be [scoring that amount of goals for United],” Ince said on BT Sport.
“He's with a different manager, I think what Conte's got out of him is a lot more than what [Jose] Mourinho or Ole got out of him at Manchester United.
“He looks fitter, he looks stronger, he looks at it.
“The goal there where he just bursts past the player, you wouldn't see that at Old Trafford.
“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?”
Unfortunately for Lukaku, his opener in Friday night’s Europa League showpiece was overshadowed by a disappointing defeat for Inter.
Luuk de Jong’s brace swung the game in Sevilla’s favour after his early penalty, before Diego Godin brought Conte’s side level.
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However, with 12 minutes remaining Diego Carlos’ overhead kick was deflected into Inter’s net by Lukaku.
The latter’s attempt at a clearance backfired, with the ball flying straight past Samir Handanovic to hand Sevilla their fourth Europa League triumph in six years.
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