Imagine the Premier League standings, Serie A situation, and Man United’s roster if Romelu Lukaku had joined Juventus and Paulo Dybala joined United?
During the summer of 2019, Lukaku made the switch from Old Trafford to the San Siro. The striker left United for Inter in a deal worth £74 million, signing a contract to keep in Italy until 2024. The move came as no surprise, only the final destination was a bit of a shock.
For weeks into the transfer window, the Belgian was sure to leave United for Juventus. It was only until the last minute did the player post a video of himself in his new colours, expressing his happiness to get out of England and face a new challenge.
Finally joining forces with Antonio Conte the man who wanted him at Stamford Bridge before making the switch to their rivals, Manchester. Since making the move, all parties involved have received a lot of joy. Well, expecting United.
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His time at Inter
Romelu has hit the ground running for his new club, scoring 27 times, assisting two goals, all while taking Inter on a memorable title fight. They sit in third place in the Serie A standings, and on route to making the next round of the Europa knockout stage.
It was the perfect move for the Belgian to find his feet. Missing his move to Juventus is way behind him now and is probably also the reason why his agent let the world know it was all because of the Argentine, Paulo Dybala, that his move fell through.
United had agreed a swap deal in principle with Juventus involving Dybala and Lukaku, according to Sky in Italy, but the deal was hinging on Dybala’s preference and his agreement of personal terms with the Premier League side.
Lukaku is wearing the Inter Milan shirt and not the Juventus one because Juventus didn’t end up finding an agreement between Dybala and Manchester United.
Juventus had done an incredible job in trying to get him. They have been the best club for its organisation, but also trophies won. Every season it wins something. Lukaku at Juventus would have made many people happy. (Via: Sky Sports)
Man United without Lukaku
Ole’s United struggled in the early stages of the campaign, taking the right to be named one of the worst top-six sides on the road. Only Spurs and Arsenal have been as bad as the Manchester side.
If Man United struggled as they did throughout the season as they did with the service of Dybala or Lukaku, Ole’s head would have been on a platter long time ago already, with a new manager stepping in.
Although, it would certainly not have happened this way if any of these two players were at Old Trafford. If Lukaku stayed, there’d be 27 goals added to United’s total. If Paulo took up the United challenge, they’d have 18 goals extra.
These 18 goals would have helped somewhere in the 21 games where Solskjær’s men could not outscore their opponents. Imagine where they would be and how well they would have done? All this showcases is the bad business by the English club.