Solskjaer tried to block exit of 26-year-old forward from Old Trafford

Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer required to keep him at Man United.

The Belgium international has joined the Serie A giants in a £74million deal in August after the months of protracted discussions with Antonio Conte’s side.

Romelu Lukaku was often shifted out onto the right-wing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and the Norwegian manager made it clear that Marcus Rashford was his first-choice central striker.

Nevertheless, 26-year-old Belgian striker claims Manchester United’ boss was desperate for him to stay at Old Trafford, but he’d made his mind up in March to transfer to Inter Milan.

‘Solskjaer has my eternal respect,’ said Lukaku.

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

‘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.’

The Red Devils have struggled for goals in Romelu Lukaku’s absence, particularly during Anthony Martial’s two-month absence.

The Belgian forward, on the other hand, has thrived in Serie A, netting nine times for Conte’s side.