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Ian Wright has claimed Manchester United never got the best out of Romelu Lukaku because they failed to play him in his best position.
United splashed out around £75million for the Belgian back in 2017, but he only spent two seasons at Old Trafford before being allowed to leave for Inter Milan.
During his time with the Red Devils, Lukaku netted 42 times in 96 games but still left the Premier League with question marks hanging over him.
Since his move to Inter however, the 28-year-old has earned a reputation as one of the most prolific strikers in world football, scoring 64 times in two seasons in Serie A.
Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium beat Russia 3-0 in St Petersburg
Jose Mourinho was the man in charge at United when Lukaku signed from Everton and in a recent interview suggested he was lacking the kind of confidence he now exhibits.
"These two years at Inter Milan have given him the stature and the self-confidence that he didn’t have before," Mourinho told the Times. "At Chelsea, he was still a kid. At Manchester United, he was still developing. At Inter he became the top man.
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"He became loved – a big love from the supporters, love from teammates, great relations with the coach.
"He’s a big guy, physically so strong, but there is also a kid inside who needs that love, needs that support, needs to feel important."
However, Ian Wright speaking on the Wrighty’s House podcast, claimed that United didn’t allow Lukaku to thrive in his best position, as evidenced by his devastating performance for Belgium in their Euro 2020 opener.
Lukaku spent two seasons at Man Utd, with Mourinho suggesting he struggled for confidence at Old Trafford
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Lukaku netted twice in their 3-0 win over Russia in Moscow and Wright believes that display shows exactly what he is really capable of.
“Me and Roy Keane were having a discussion about why Lukaku is now the player we’re seeing he is, and why he wasn’t that player at Man United,” Wright began.
“The fact that he had to play up front 50 per cent of the time on his own, spaces he wanted to occupy [were filled] whether that’s by Rashford or Martial.
“If he drops deep like we saw him in the game on Saturday, where he got the ball and freight trained, he does that.
“At Man United he didn’t have that. He was the furthest forward, back to goal.
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"That is not what Lukaku is about, Lukaku is roaming from wing to wing in that area between lines, where they’re pushing forward but have a couple of defenders back and he’s just loitering.
“He’s just loitering to the point that when you see him there…that’s danger.
Wright added: “I said when Romelu Lukaku left here [the Premier League], he left here with people waving him away like, “You’re a joke player, see you later!’, that was the vibe and you look at him now and he looks terrifying.”