Romelu Lukaku shared Ashley Young’s carefree Inter Milan initiation song on Instagram on Wednesday night, at the same time that the pair’s former club Manchester United were suffering one of their worst defeats of the season.
Young has joined up with former Old Trafford colleagues Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez at the San Siro after ending a nine-year stint in Manchester last week when he completed a £1.28million switch .
The 34-year-old struggled to hold down a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season despite being named as the new club captain in the summer, with the emergence of youngster Brandon Williams hindering his chances.
Young is said to have turned down a one-year contract extension at United as he sought to test himself abroad, and his delight at joining Inter was clear as he sang along to Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’ at his club initiation.
Lukaku’s video of the song, which includes the famous line “don’t worry about a thing”, appeared on his Instagram Stories at the same time as United were going down to a dismal 2-0 loss to Burnley to leave their Champions League hopes in disarray.
There is no indication of when the video was actually filmed, or that either man was aware of the score at the time, but the timing of Lukaku’s upload certainly caught fans’ attentions.
Former United and Inter midfielder Paul Ince has said that Solskjaer has been made to regret letting Lukaku – who has scored 18 goals this season – leave United, who could be without the injured Rashford for the next three months.
“If Ole was not already regretting letting Romelu Lukaku go, he seriously will be now,” Ince told Paddy Power .
“I will be the first to admit that I had a go at him at times, and he cannot retain the ball, but you do get 20-25 goals a season from him.
“United let him go without replacing him, and now they are paying the price. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but really, Ole should have never let him go.”
United are now six points off the top four after goals from Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez won the game for the Clarets at Old Trafford, where several fans left before full-time amid increasing protests against the Glazer family and Ed Woodward.
Solskjaer is said to retain the trust of the board as United seek to improve unconvincing form and strengthen in the current transfer window.
Young, meanwhile, could make his Inter debut at home to Cagliari this Sunday.