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22nd Aug 2019

Lukaku: Pogba, Alexis and I always got the blame at United

Jack O'Toole

Former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has said that he felt like he copped the brunt of the blame at the club alongside former teammates Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.

Lukaku moved to Serie A side Inter Milan earlier this month after two seasons at United where he scored 42 goals in 96 games for the club.

He was eventually phased out of the first team by Marcus Rashford towards the back end of last season and he said that he felt like he was a constant source of blame alongside the club’s other high profile signings Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.

“They have to find somebody. There’s Pogba, there’s me or Alexis. It’s the three of us all the time,” he said on the Lighthearted podcast with NBA player Josh Hart.

“For me, I am like, I just see it in many ways. For me, a lot of people think I should not be part of that system.

“That’s my feeling and the conversations that I have I just know. For me, the thing that makes me laugh a lot is how the hell is shit going bad in my team?

“When I play with my national team it’s good. Something is wrong – is it me?

“I didn’t play the last six weeks of the league before the end of the season and then I had another three weeks before I went and played with the Belgium team. I was rolling and I was fine. Nobody there complained.”

Lukaku admitted that he did not have a great season last year and said that he felt like he needed he had to leave the club because of this sense that he didn’t fit in with the squad.

“They have got to fight somebody to blame. I put my hand up, like this year I don’t think I was the only one playing bad,” the Belgian international added.

“A lot of people were playing bad but they had to find the culprit. If they want to put the blame on me, you know what, fuck it, do what you gotta do.

“I know what I’ve been through, this is just soccer. I am here and I am playing but at one point I will just go. I will go and do something else.

“For me it was just shit. I think the team has so much potential to do some great stuff. There is a lot of talent.

“But it is not only talent, you really have to build a team. A lot of people don’t think I can be part of that team. That’s why I went my separate ways and everyone’s going to win.

“They can get somebody that can really fit the bill for you guys and I can do my own thing somewhere else.”

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