Romelu Lukaku gives verdict on Man Utd’s Europa League exit as Inter reach final

Romelu Lukaku admitted he "expected" Man Utd's front three to prove their talents this season and praised his old club for a "good season".

The former United striker scored twice late on as Inter Milan booked their place in the Europa League final with a thumping 5-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Monday.

United would have been their with them in the final had they not lost to Sevilla in their third semi-final defeat of the season just 24 hours prior.

It meant United ended the campaign trophyless despite them making clear strides forward under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but Lukaku feels the Red Devills are well placed for success next season.

"United tried their hardest," Lukaku told BT Sport. "I think they had a really good season, I think Ole did a good job, the players did really well.

"[Mason] Greenwood is coming through, [Anthony] Martial, {Marcus] Rashford, I expected all of that – I'm really happy for them.

"They look really good for next season, I have no doubt."

Three Inter players could now go on to win the Europa League having left United in the last 12 months.

Lukaku was the first to depart Old Trafford in a mega-money deal and has been in fine goalscoring form this season.

His brace in the win over Shakhtar saw him score in his 10th consecutive game in the competition, breaking Alan Shearer's record of nine.

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Ashley Young is also plying his trade for the Nerrazurri following his transfer in January, and Alexis Sanchez completed his permanent switch just two weeks ago after a successful season-long loan spell.

Inter were already three goals up when Lukaku completed the rout with two goals in five minutes.

Lautaro Martinez also grabbed a brace either side of a goal from Danilo D'Ambrosio to put the Serie A giants on their way to Friday's final.

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