Romelu Lukaku Aims Dig At Ed Woodward Over Manchester United Transfers
Romelu Lukaku has added his own criticism to Ed Woodward, blaming the Manchester United executive vice-chairman for not providing the transfers needed for the club
After falling out of favour with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the Belgian striker left for Inter in the summer, and is now flourishing in Italy under the coaching of Antonio Conte.
In an interview with Sky Sports he didn't blame coaches for his issues in the Premier League with United, instead aiming a subtle dig at Woodward.
Asked about which managers have got the best out of him Lukaku told Sky, "I think Jose Mourinho - if he would have had the players that he wanted, he would have done better than what we did."
Woodward has come under a lot of criticism for the lack of incoming players at United, especially this season, with Alexis Sanchez, Lukaku, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini not replaced.
The Red Devils now need another striker before the end of the January transfer window because of the injury to Marcus Rashford.
As well as a striker the club have been trying to sign Bruno Fernandes this January, although that deal is now reportedly dead because of Joel Glazer.
In his last full season at United the 26-year-old scored 12 goals in 32 league appearances, though many were off the bench or playing on the right of a front three.
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Since moving to Serie A in the summer he has scored 14 in 20 in the league, helping Inter to compete with Juventus for the title.
In the rest of his answer the former Everton striker didn't name Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the list of coaches who have got the best out of him, saying, "I think Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and now Antonio Conte...
"Steve Clarke, massive mention to him, because he gave me the opportunity to play in the Premier League aged 19.
"And obviously my first coach at Anderlecht, Ariel Jacobs, who gave me the chance when I'd barely turned 16. He called me from school, they called me like, 'Yo, you have to come with the first team', and he played me straight away.
"Those are the coaches that forever I will respect them."
Lukaku did say he didn't have any problems with Solskjaer, adding, "I've never had any problem with any manager I've had - it shows my professionalism and my willingness to work."
Asked about his upturn in fortunes this season and what's changed since the last campaign the striker told Sky, "I think I had to rediscover myself. 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."