Former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has lashed out at Manchester United for not doing enough to protect him in the media and claims he, Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez were continually made scapegoats.
The Belgium international Lukaku joined Inter before the close of the Premier League transfer window for €80 million (£74m/$90m) , just two years on from his move to Old Trafford from Everton.
The 26-year-old was heavily criticised at times for his all-round play at the head of the attack under former boss Jose Mourinho and he was supplanted as first-choice striker by Marcus Rashford after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge.
Lukaku feels there was an unjust focus on his performances as well as those of Pogba and Sanchez, who has been tipped to join him at Inter.
"They have to find somebody," Lukaku told the LightHarted Podcast, apparently recorded prior to his Inter move. "It is Pogba, it is me or it is Alexis. It’s the three of us all the time.
"They have got to find somebody to blame. I put my hand up, like, this year I don’t think I was the only one playing bad. A lot of people were playing bad but they had to find the culprit.
According to Goal, lukaku said that he felt United did not do enough to defend him when rumours emerged towards the end of last season that he would not be staying at the club.
"It was all, ‘He’s got to go, he doesn’t deserve to be there’. Well, okay, then I want to go now, as recorded prior his departure. There is fighting for your position, but also being somewhere that people want you to be.
If you are happy, you find a way, it doesn’t matter if you’re on the bench or starting. But nobody told me that was the situation, so I thought for two, three weeks to analyse, see all this s*** coming out in the media. Who leaks it? Not me. Not my agent. I see it on my phone come out of nowhere.
"I told them, ‘It’s not good for me to be at a place where I’m not wanted’." As was gathered by goal.
Lukaku currently plays in the first division in Italy, he plays for one of Serie A giants being Inter Milan, he has already shown signs that he is ready for a strong competition having scored four goals on his debut against a lower division club.