Gary Neville Calls Romelu Lukaku Unprofessional Ahead of Inter Milan Transfer

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2019

SINGAPORE - JULY 19:  Romelu Lukaku turns up for training during Manchester United official training/press conference at the Singapore National Stadium on July 19, 2019 in Singapore.  (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/International Champions Cup/Getty Images)
Suhaimi Abdullah/International Champions Cup/Getty Images

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has called the club's striker Romelu Lukaku unprofessional and suggested he is overweight ahead of his move to Inter Milan.

The Belgian appears set to end a two-year stint at Old Trafford and join the Serie A giants. According to BBC Sport's Simon Stone, a deal has been agreed that could see United earn £74 million for the player.

In response to a Twitter post from The Athletic's Andy Mitten about Lukaku, Neville commented on the player's attitude and condition ahead of the move:

As Stone noted, Lukaku has been training with former club Anderlecht in pre-season in an attempt to push through the transfer to Milan.

Per Goal, the player's agent, Federico Pastorello, posted the following on Instagram:

Match of the Day shared footage of the former Everton and Chelsea player arriving in Italy:

Video Play Button
Videos you might like

Given his conduct over the summer, Lukaku appears set for a bitter departure from United after two campaigns of inconsistency.

In addition to training at Anderlecht, the forward posted information from United's pre-season testing that showed he had clocked the second-fastest speed of any player in the squad. The clip was sarcastically captioned "lack of pace" before being deleted.

There have been high points for Lukaku at United. The player enjoyed a fine start to his career at Old Trafford following a switch from Everton, although he failed to keep up his goalscoring form for the remainder of his Red Devils career.

However, he's been a consistent goalscorer in the Premier League, and he's capable of finding the net in different ways:

Last term, the flaws in his game became clear. When manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sought to implement a more fluid front three, his lack of mobility, absence of desire to press off the ball and poor play with his back to goal meant Lukaku struggled.

Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News assessed the options available up top for United following Lukaku's imminent departure:

Football journalist Sam Pilger thinks United's squad is weaker than it was last season ahead of the new campaign:

With the transfer deadline for Premier League clubs 5 p.m. (BST) on Thursday, the Red Devils don't have much time to secure a replacement for the striker. According to Sky In Italy (h/t Sky Sports), United do hold an interest in Juventus' Mario Mandzukic.

Neville is clearly content to see the back of Lukaku, though, and will no doubt be hoping that any late recruit has a better attitude than the man he's set to replace.

Related

    Solskjaer can be to Man United what Zidane is to Real Madrid

    Manchester United logo
    Manchester United

    Solskjaer can be to Man United what Zidane is to Real Madrid

    via men

    Manchester United unbeaten run, Mason Greenwood, and Listener question

    Manchester United logo
    Manchester United

    Manchester United unbeaten run, Mason Greenwood, and Listener question

    Colin M. Damms
    via The Busby Babe

    Manchester United star Mason Greenwood's 2020/21 season predicted

    Manchester United logo
    Manchester United

    Manchester United star Mason Greenwood's 2020/21 season predicted

    via men

    Real Madrid on Brink of Title After 2-0 Win

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Real Madrid on Brink of Title After 2-0 Win

    Goal
    via Goal