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REPORT: Lukaku left Man United because of Pogba and Martial

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Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial (Gallo Images)
Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial (Gallo Images)

Romelu Lukaku decided to leave Manchester United to join Inter Milan due to problems with Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, according to an Italian journalist.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure at Old Trafford after a woeful start to the Premier League season.

The home defeat to Crystal Palace was a warning sign all is not well and last week's 6-1 drubbing by Spurs has the alarm bells ringing.

Rumours of an approach for Mauricio Pochettino were quickly quelled by the club. The United PR machine rolled into action after the Daily Star claimed Pochettino had been “sounded out” over taking over from the Norwegian.

United publicly backed their man again and denied any interest in the former Tottenham boss, who remains out of work.

Solskjaer though has issues on the field to worry about.

According to Paolo Condo, who works for La Repubblica, the United dressing room is split.

So much so that Lukaku’s decision to leave for Inter was driven by the unrest. The Belgium international was unhappy with Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.

Both French players have had miserable starts to the season.

Condo said: “If things don’t improve, the next transfer window will be used by someone to attack Matic, and in the background remains the boulder of Pogba’s contract expiration, set at 2021.

“The players, then, talk to each other.

“Lukaku was tired of United because Pogba and Martial were struggling to pass him the ball, a picture of a dressing room divided in groups.

“When Sanchez and Young asked him before signing how things were at Inter, the first answer was ‘really good, there are no clans’.

“Times have really changed.”

Whether or not Solskjaer can turn things around or will be given time to turn things around remains to be seen.

- TEAMtalk media

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