Lukaku makes Jose Mourinho admission about Manchester United transfers
Romelu Lukaku believes Jose Mourinho would have done much better as Manchester United manager if he had signed the players he wanted.
Lukaku named the Portuguese as one of the coaches who got the best from him, while admitting he decided to leave Old Trafford as early as March last year after an up and down relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The former United striker is now thriving at Inter Milan, having scored 18 goals in 26 appearances for the Nerazzurri.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Lukaku was asked which managers got the best from him and replied: “I think Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and now Antonio Conte. I think Jose Mourinho, if he would have had the players that he wanted, he would have done better than what we did.”
Mourinho’s desire to sign a centre-back in the 2018 summer window was well-documented, but United only signed Fred and Diogo Dalot. Mourinho was then given his marching orders by United in December that year.
And while Lukaku had moments of promise under Mourinho’s successor Solskjaer, he admitted he knew he wanted a change of scenery well before the season finished and was targeting a move away.
Lukaku added that the summer exit for around £75million was the best option for all parties.
He added: “Last year was difficult for me on the professional side, because stuff was not going how I wanted and I was not performing as well.
“So I had to find it within myself what was lacking and came to the conclusion that it was time for me to change environment.
“I made my decision around March, and I went to the manager’s office and told him it was time for me to find something else.
“I wasn’t performing and I wasn’t playing. I think it was better for both sides to go separate ways.
“I think I made the right decision. Manchester United has made space for the younger players to come through so I think it was a win-win situation for both of us.”