Man Utd told they let go ‘one of the top five strikers in the world’

Manchester United have been warned they let go of one of the best strikers in the world when they allowed Romelu Lukaku to leave in 2019.

Lukaku failed to live up to the hype at Old Trafford after costing £75million from Everton.

The Belgian striker spent just two seasons at United before becoming used as a second option under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

With Antonio Conte a big fan of his, Lukaku was given a second chance when Inter forked out a reported £67m for his services, and he hasn't looked back since starting life in Italy.

During his first season, Lukaku bagged 34 goals in 51 appearances, and he carried that form into the current campaign with 22 in his first 29.

United, however, have somewhat failed to replace him, with neither Edinson Cavani or Anthony Martial able to stamp their authority on the leading striker role.

And former Germany manager Jurgen Klinsmann believes United made a big mistake by letting Lukaku leave, as he explained that the Belgian is now among the best in the world.

Speaking to ESPN FC, he heaped praise on the Inter striker, who bagged twice against Lazio to send Conte's side to the top of the Serie A table on Sunday.

“Right now he’s definitely among the top five strikers in the world,” Klinsmann said.

“He has this particular style, he’s not as smooth or elegant as Robert Lewandowski or Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but he has his strengths and he plays them to his best.

“Using his speed on the third goal to assist Lautaro, it’s his willingness to work hard for the teammates, it’s also coming back defensively and cleans things up, he’s a great teammate.

“I think he can be very, very proud of himself so far this season.

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    Lukaku's recent goals have also helped United out, according to reports.

    The Premier League contenders will apparently net a €1m bonus which was negotiated in his move from Old Trafford to the San Siro.

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