Romelu Lukaku has hit out at the “lies” being spread about him as speculation builds regarding a possible transfer away from Manchester United.The Red Devils invested £75 million ($96m) in the Belgium international back in the summer of 2017.Jose Mourinho moved to prise him away from Everton after seeing the 25-year-old become one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He delivered a 27-goal return in his debut season at Old Trafford, before going on to net four times for his country at the 2018 World Cup.Lukaku was, however, to endure a slow start to the current campaign, going 12 games without finding the target for United at one stage.As he toiled, Mourinho was eventually shown to the exits and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The new man at the helm is yet to hand Lukaku a Premier League start, with a substitute role having to be accepted as Marcus Rashford shines in a central striking berth.A lack of minutes has sparked talk of a move being made, with Juventus among those said to be open to the idea of landing a proven frontman.Lukaku, though, appears to have quashed the exit talk with a post on Instagram which read: “When the hate don’t work they start telling lies.”Solskjaer has already sought to assure Lukaku that he still has a part to play in his plans.The Norwegian knows all about life in a star-studded squad at Old Trafford from his own playing days.He often had to contend with being an impact option off the bench, and thrived under Sir Alex Ferguson to establish a reputation as one of the best in the business in that role.Lukaku may have to do likewise, but has impressed enough in training to suggest that he will get regular opportunities to impress.Solskjaer said: “I used to be one of four strikers when we played with two. Now we have six forwards and we play with three.“There are enough games. It is about taking your chances when you get them.“No-one is scoring as many as Romelu in training.”Despite starting just one FA Cup game under the Red Devils’ new boss, Lukaku has managed three goals in his last five appearances.More chances will come his way, but for now Rashford is leading the line with Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial offering support from wide attacking posts.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil finished little changed Monday, after being up more than $1 earlier in the day. Benchmark crude fell two cents to US$93.11 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Uncertainty over the outcome of Italy’s general election contributed to a weaker euro and a stronger dollar. A stronger dollar tends to put pressure on oil prices by making crude more expensive for traders using other currencies.In China, a survey released Monday showed manufacturing declined to a four-month low in February, a reminder of possible threats to recovery in the world’s second-biggest economy.Traders were also keeping an eye on a new round of talks beginning Tuesday in Kazakhstan between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.Iran, nominally one of the world’s top oil producers, has had to make substantial output cuts because U.S.-led sanctions are greatly limiting its crude exports.In London, Brent crude was up 34 cents to end at US$114.44 a barrel on the ICE futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline was unchanged at US$3.26 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil fell less than one cent to finish at US$3.10 a gallon and natural gas rose 12 cents to end at $3.41 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) Oil loses strong early gains, finishes little changed above US$93 a barrel by The Associated Press Posted Feb 25, 2013 8:23 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email