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The Unknown Reason Romelu Lukaku Struggled With Weight At Manchester United Last Season

The Unknown Reason Romelu Lukaku Struggled With Weight At Manchester United Last Season

Romelu Lukaku was suffering from a malfunctioning digestive system that nor he or Manchester United were aware about last season.

Despite scoring 27 goals in 52 games, the Belgian striker struggled with managing his weight and came under criticism from fans and pundits alike, including legend Gary Neville, who said his "unprofessionalism in contagious".

But as per The Telegraph, Lukaku's fitness difficulties were directly linked to problems with his digestive system that went undiagnosed until Inter Milan were able to rectify it following a £74 million move.

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And the regime has worked wonders for Lukaku as he lost half a stone (7lbs) in just 12 days to regain sharpness and fire on all cylinders in Serie A.

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Romelu Lukaku Has Scored More Goals For Inter Than United Have All Season

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He notched on his debut against Lecce and has continued in the same vein, with 21 goals and four assists in 31 appearances - the latest of which was the final goal in a thrilling 4-2 win over rivals AC Milan at the San Siro on Sunday.

The former Everton man then proceeded to take his shirt off and hang it from the corner flag, taking to social media following the game and tweeting 'There's a new king in town' - in many felt was a dig at former United teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

With Lukaku spearheading the attack alongside Lautaro Martinez, Inter now sit top of the league following Juventus's shock loss to Hellas Verona at the weekend.

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"I think that everyone has seen this team's mentality, we never give up and we're always looking to win," Lukaku told Sky Sport Italia post-match.

"I'm here to win and my only aim is to help the team get results.

"I want to thank all of the fans, my team-mates, Mister [Antonio] Conte and all of his backroom staff for the support that they're giving me."

Topics: Football News, Serie A, Romelu Lukaku, Inter, Inter Milan

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