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Romelu Lukaku and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Romelu Lukaku has admitted that he knew that his time at Manchester United was over after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shifted him out to the wing.

Belgium international Lukaku was first pushed out to a wide position after Norwegian Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in December.

He was utilised on the wing during January’s FA Cup tie with Arsenal and February’s Premier League clash with Liverpool – where he moved to the flanks after a knock to Marcus Rashford.

Lukaku scored nine goals under Solskjaer, with only six of those coming in the league, before he moved to Inter Milan for £74million this summer.

And the 26-year-old, who has already bagged nine times in Serie A, has revealed that he knew his time was up at United when his position changed.

“Once I learned that [Ole Gunnar] Solsjkaer planned to put me on the wing, then I knew my time at Manchester United was over,” Lukaku told Corriere dello Sport, via Football Italia.

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At the time, Lukaku was much less negative about the move, saying in February: “Left or right or up front it doesn’t matter to me. Playing for this club is an honour and I just try to do my best in whichever position I play in.

“If it is on the right then I will try to create chances, which I did against Liverpool, and if it is up front then I will try to score goals. At the end of the day I just try and help my teammates out and try win matches.”

Lukaku replaced Argentina star Mauro Icardi at the San Siro – but he insists he didn’t feel any additional pressure to replicate his goals.

“I don’t mind being the most expensive player in Inter’s history, nor replacing Icardi, who give a lot here in Milan,” Lukaku said. “When I arrived, Mauro was very nice and kind to me. I wish him all the best at Paris-Saint Germain and hope he wins there. We are two different forwards.

“It would be nice to be Capocannoniere, but I’m not the type of player who says I want this or that individual title. I think of the team first. My biggest motivation is helping the team, and to help the team we score goals.

“So far everything has been fine, but I want to do better by working to the maximum every day in training. Now I’m at 100%, but I don’t stop, I want to show Inter that they decided well in signing me.

“I’ve dreamed of Inter for some time. I loved Ronaldo and Adriano, but it was Ibra that taught me everything, especially in our talks on the team bus. I believe he will return to Serie A.”

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