ASHLEY YOUNG admitted he was baffled by Manchester United’s decision to sell Romelu Lukaku.
The wing-back added he simply ‘could not understand’ why they allowed the Belgian to leave for Inter Milan.
Ashley Young could not believe Manchester United allowed Romelu Lukaku to leaveCredit: AFP
United received £73million for the striker but are on the hunt for a new No9 again with Edinson Cavani ageing and possibly moving on this summer while Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood are more effective out wide.
Young – who joined Lukaku at Inter six months later – said: “I said it at the time, I couldn’t understand the decision.
“Whether it was made quickly or not, Romelu has proved a lot of people wrong.
“He’s worked unbelievably hard. There was talk that he was overweight and couldn’t do this or that.
“He’s smashed records and made history in Italy, he’s been unbelievable for the club.
“For me he was fantastic even in the Premier League, to go out there and face another challenge, I think it was the right choice for him.
“He deserves all the plaudits he is getting.”
Lukaku, 27, spearhead Inter’s Serie A campaign this season, winning the Scudetto for the first time since 2009-10 – their first silverware of any kind for a decade.
He has 21 league goals so far in 2020-21, whereas United’s top scorer in the Premier League is Bruno Fernandes on 16.
Now in his prime, the ex-Everton ace is being tipped for another big-money transfer.
Chelsea are understood to be considering a £90m bid to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City, who will lose Sergio Aguero at the end of the season, may also make a move while Barcelona could make a move.
That has led to rumours Inter will try and tie Lukaku down to a bumper new contract.
Young is also contemplating his future.
His Inter deal runs out at the end of the season and he would jump at the chance to make a free switch back to Watford.
Lukaku has been in red-hot form for two seasons at the San SiroCredit: Reuters