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Manchester United took the decision to sell Romelu Lukaku after he shocked backroom staff by returning to pre-season training significantly out of shape. According to The Sun, the Belgium international arrived back at the club’s Carrington training complex 9lbs overweight

, prompting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to discard a player he felt to be ill-suited to the brand of football he intends to implement this season. Lukaku enjoyed a purple patch as recently as early March

, scoring six goals in three matches, including a brace in United’s landmark Champions League win over PSG which effectively confirmed Solskjaer as Jose Mourinho’s permanent replacement. Despite that spree, Lukaku failed to win the full trust of Solskjaer and was usurped by Marcus Rashford in the Norwegian’s pecking order by the end of last season.

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