Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs gives verdict on Romelu Lukaku transfer decision
The Belgian forward, who joined the Red Devils from Everton for £75million, has fell out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and was spotted in training with former club Anderlecht while his future at Old Trafford was resolved.
United were eager to offload the ex-Chelsea striker after Antonio Conte identified him as the perfect replacement for the wantaway Mauro Icardi – the Italians finally sealed a deal for Belgium international on deadline day.
The MEN understands United were monitoring forward targets before the window closed but Solskjaer is happy with his current options in the final third.
His decision to offload Lukaku has been backed by Giggs, who doesn’t believe it was worth keeping the forward around if he wasn’t planning on playing him.
“With Lukaku with the way Ole has looked to play, with Anthony Martial up front, with Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, he has probably looked at it and gone ‘Maybe I am not going to get a lot of games out of him,” he told the Evening Standard. “He is not the sort of player who can come in and out.
“He is either a player who starts and plays all the games, and he will score goals, but he is not a player to come in and out.
“I think Ole has looked at that and probably Lukaku has looked at that.”
The World Cup winner revealed earlier in the summer that was seeking a new challenge and has been heavily linked with a switch to Real Madrid.
However, Giggs doesn’t feel there is an issue with star players wanting to depart.
He said: “Over the years players have wanted to leave, I don’t think it is anything new.
“It is more highlighted now because United are not doing as well as they did 10-15 years ago.”