Man United transfer news: Jose Mourinho was advised against signing ‘big baby’ Romelu Lukaku

Both have departed Old Trafford this year

Karl Matchett
Monday 18 November 2019 13:39
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Former Everton director of football Steve Walsh told Jose Mourinho to expect problems if he went ahead with signing Romelu Lukaku for Manchester United.

The Belgian striker joined United in 2017 under Mourinho and was a regular starter for the Portuguese boss.

After Mourinho’s departure, though, Lukaku’s fortunes took a downturn, as he was left out regularly by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and eventually departed Old Trafford this past summer, moving to Inter Milan.

Now, Walsh has revealed that he told Mourinho that Lukaku needed to be specially managed, suggesting that he wouldn’t have recommended the striker as a player to sign.

“When Jose [Mourinho] signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton, I remember saying to him, ‘You have to be careful with Lukaku. He is a big baby, you know’,” Walsh told the Athletic.

“He said he could handle him. I don’t think he really got Lukaku on-side mentally, which you have to do.”

Lukaku wasn’t the only player Walsh criticised for an apparent selfish mentality, with current United midfielder Paul Pogba also mentioned.

“That is the case with him and Pogba. They aren’t my type of players. They are more about themselves than the team. I wouldn’t have touched them.

“Because they are good players doesn’t mean you are going to get a good team out of it.”

Conte embraces Lukaku after the latter’s goal

While Mourinho may not have gotten the best out of Lukaku, the striker appears to be somewhat happier now after leaving Old Trafford.

At Inter Milan under Antonio Conte, he has scored nine goals in 12 Serie A appearances, along with seven in his last five international games for Belgium under Roberto Martinez.

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