Romelu Lukaku was ‘unfairly’ blamed at Manchester United, says Belgium manager Roberto Martinez
Nov. 19, 2020
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez insists Romelu Lukaku was ‘unfairly’ blamed for Manchester United’s misfortunes during his time at Old Trafford.
The 27-year-old joined the Red Devils in a £75million deal from Everton in 2017, but failed to win silverware in his two-year spell.
Despite scoring 42 goals in 96 games, Lukaku was not a regular starter under United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who let him join Inter Milan for £74m last year.
The Belgium striker netted a whopping 34 goals in his debut season at the San Siro – and his national team manager Martinez, who also bossed him at Everton, is happy with his progress.
He told Thursday’s Sports Breakfast: “My relationship with Romelu was from a young player when he came to Everton on loan.
“Then we made a massive effort to get him on a permanent basis and he was the transfer record at that time.
“You can see the player going through phases, good moments, bad moments, but what we’ve seen with Romelu is he’s never lost his outstanding quality which is scoring goals.
“Now we’ve seen a real maturity in his play.
“The time he had at Manchester United, he was so desperate to win trophies and he took a lot of responsibility on his shoulders and probably took a lot of blame, in my eyes, very unfairly.
“But going to Italy, he’s in the middle of a new project, he’s taken that responsibility and those difficulties he had in England in a good way.
“The player we have now is a player in the best maturity moment of his career.”
Lukaku scored a brace in Belgium’s 4-2 Nations League win over Denmark on Wednesday to take his tally to 57 goals in 89 appearances for his country.