Man Utd news: Lukaku explains real reason for exit and contradicts Solskjaer | Football | Sport

Romelu Lukaku has contradicted Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by claiming that the Norwegian wanted him to stay at Old Trafford.

The Belgian striker joined Inter Milan for a fee that could rise to £74million in August before Solskjaer claimed that he was not part of his plans.

The 26-year-old has scored nine goals in just 12 league outings as United struggling in the Premier League, and he has now claimed that the move was all his own doing.

“Solskjaer has my eternal respect,” he told Het Belang van Limburg.

“He understood me when I said in March that it was time for me to leave.

“I have been in the Premier League as an 18-year-old boy and now I am 26.

“Solskjaer wanted to keep me, but I was ready for something new.”

That claim is the opposite of what the former Cardiff boss said back in the summer, as he named Marcus Rashford as his new key striker.

He said: “It was time now for Rom to go, because we got a good deal.

“He’s happy, so I think both parties ended that deal as it should be.

“Of course, Rom has a good record and good stats.

“He’s one of the top number nines around when you want to play with that kind of striker, and he’s that target man.

“For me, I’m very confident that we’ll get goals from [Anthony] Martial, Rashford.”

He then added: “I have always had a good relationship with Rom, open and honest.

“We’ve spoken to each other openly and frankly and have no issue between me and Rom.”

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