Ashley Young couldn't understand Manchester United's decision to sell Romelu Lukaku when they allowed the Belgian to join Inter Milan in 2019.

United signed Lukaku from Everton in 2017 but only retained his services for two years before selling him to Inter, where he has scored 61 goals in 92 games.

Young had just been made United's captain following Antonio Valencia's departure when Lukaku's move to Italy was confirmed, and it was a sale he couldn't get his head around.

"I said it at the time, I couldn’t understand the decision [to sell Lukaku]," Young, who joined Lukaku at Inter in January 2020, said.

"Whether it was made quickly or not, Romelu has proved a lot of people wrong. He’s worked unbelievably hard. There was talk that he was overweight and couldn’t do this or that. He’s smashed records and made history in Italy, he’s been unbelievable for the club. For me he was fantastic even in the Premier League, to go out there and face another challenge, I think it was the right choice for him. He deserves all the plaudits he is getting."

Young and Lukaku recently celebrated winning the Serie A title with Inter Milan, as did two other former United players in Alexis Sanchez and Matteo Darmian.