Romelu Lukaku has insisted he does not consider his time at Manchester United negatively, believing it made him ‘calmer’ as a player.

Lukaku joined Manchester United in £76m deal from Everton in 2017, having impressed massively during his time at Goodison Park.

He went on to make 96 appearances for United, scoring 46 goals as well as registering 13 assists in that time.

Those are not bad numbers by anyone’s reckoning but like at Everton, he proved to be a player that divided the fanbase firmly down the middle.

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While some could appreciate his goalscoring prowess, there were plenty who questioned his ability on the ball and general attitude.

By the end of his time, there were more dissenters than supporters at United, with few questioning the club’s decision to allow the Belgian to depart in a £58.5m deal to Inter Milan this summer.

But while the consensus seems to be that his time at Manchester United was a failure, Lukaku has a different view on the matter.

“The period there has made me calmer,” he told the Global Soccer Gala in Dubai, relayed by Passione Inter.

“I don’t look at it in a negative way; it really helped me mentally to be ready and to grow as a player and as a person.

“I will never see it as a bad experience because it helped me be where I am today.”