While it appeared ugly on the outside, they finally exchange pleasantries.
While United promptly confirmed the deal that Lukaku was joining Inter.
They promptly added through their official channels, the formality of a goodbye, good luck and thank you message to Romelu Lukaku.
🇮🇹 @RomeluLukaku9 departs for Italy with our thanks and best wishes for the future.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 8, 2019
According to Metro.co.uk, Lukaku took considerably longer to do so but eventually did.
There was no parting shot, just a simple thanks, and good luck.
His official message read:
“To everyone involved with Manchester United – from the board to the manager and his staff, the players, and all the fans.”
“Thank you and good luck for the future Manchester United.”
— R.Lukaku Bolingoli9 (@RomeluLukaku9) August 8, 2019
The split between the Belgian and the club has been somewhat difficult.
No sooner was the season over, Lukaku was flirting with the idea of plying his trade in Serie A.
This resulted in a summer of rumours and talk. From both the player and interested parties.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did nothing to stem the waves of discontent. By stating there had been no offer for any players so far.
Lukaku traveled on the preseason tour of Australia, Singapore, and China, but never even made a matchday squad, due to injury or lack of fitness.
The saga rumbled on, once the bids started coming in.
Manchester United refusing to negotiate and turning down offers which did not meet their valuation.
Lukaku was frustrated at the lack of progress and what appeared to be endless dead-end deals.
Things began to publicly turn ugly, when Luakku published through social media, sensitive training and fitness information, not only regarding himself but other players too.
This resulted in the start of in house tension, between Luaku and the wider team group as well as the manager.
Stories of Lukaku and friend Paul Pogba falling out too.
Club legends calling into question his professionalism.
He was eventually allowed to take some time away from United and train with boyhood club Anderlecht. This was for an agreed period of time.
But with deadline day approaching, deals falling apart left and right. He went AWOL.
The final straw, for Solskjaer, which saw United fine the player almost 500,000 pounds and agrees to sell to Inter Milan for three million less than their valuation.
While officially there were pleasantries, behind closed doors, it was probably goodbye and good riddance from United and thank for nothing from Lukaku.