Date published: Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:49 AM
Gary Pallister claims a lack of mobility and problems with his weight cost Romelu Lukaku his career at Manchester United.
The 26-year-old completed his two-season stint at Old Trafford earlier and joined Inter Milan in a £ 73.75m deal. £.
Lukaku's exit became rather tasteless after being reduced to training with boys club Anderlecht and United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær expresses his relief at the attacker's exit.
And after a bad 2018/19 season in which Lukaku scored just 15 goals from 45 appearances, Pallister believes the writing was on the wall for the Belgian.
"I think Lukaku is a goal scorer and he will score many goals, but the way they will play at times, he is too heavy," Pallister told Goal. “You look at the pace of the current game; maybe Ole looks at it and says he can't implement it in his game for me. He was surplus to the demands. "
Reports in Italy also claim that Lukaku is struggling with his frame after weighing 104kg for pre-season training and was ordered to slim down to under 100kg.
However, Pallister believes that although Lukaku remains a decent goalkeeper, his style was not suited to the type of football that Solskjær wants to implement at Old Trafford.
“He's a goal scorer, an instinctive goal scorer. He is not the most clinical, but he gets you 15-20 goals in a season, but we were looking for a more well-rounded player, ”he continued.
"He plays [Jesse] Lingard, [Anthony] Martial and [Marcus] Rashford and we got Chelsea napping the ball high up the field. So when you can do that, you have more room to go in and score more goals. "
Lukaku had dropped into United's order intake under Solskjaer, but the move to Inter Milan is likely to see the former Chelsea man start as the first choice under Antonio Conte – provided he gets down to the required weight.
The striker is likely to make his Serie A debut for Nerazzurri in the season's opening match against Lecce on Monday, August 26.
Sunshine, meanwhile, has explained why another of last season's struggling stars, Fred, failed to adapt during his first year at Old Trafford.
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