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Man Utd's Lukaku still not fit to face suitors Inter Milan

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Published on July 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:13s
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Man Utd's Lukaku still not fit to face suitors Inter Milan

SHOWS: SINGAPORE (JULY 19, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) JOURNALIST AT NEWS CONFERENCE ASKING: "Is Romelu Lukaku fit for tomorrow night, and if he is, would you consider playing him given the speculations surrounding Inter Milan?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER, SAYING: "No he's no fit, so he won't be available.

So that answers the second one as well." (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOURNALIST AT NEWS CONFERENCE ASKING: "Has there been any change in the status of that though?

In terms of Inter Milan being in town, Romelu Lukaku and Manchester United being in town?

Do you anticipate him still being a Manchester United player when we get to perhaps, Shanghai?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER, SAYING: "Yeah, I don't have any updates from the last time I spoke with you.

So, yeah I do." 2.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER, SAYING: "I'm looking to get all the players to back to the form that we were on when I first came in.

We went on a run; 10, 12, 14 games, whatever it was, without losing.

So, it's not about just Paul Pogba getting back to that form.

It's every one of us." 4.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER, SAYING: "I think, everyone has been spot on pre-season, in training and in the games they've played.

When they are out on the pitch, I can't fault anyone.

When we have got meetings, they are more proactive in meetings, and I've been very encouraged, I've said that a couple of times." STORY: Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku is not fit enough to face Inter Milan in Singapore on Saturday (July 20) manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said, with rumours swirling the striker may soon join the Italian side.

Speaking to media on Friday (July 19) ahead of the match at Singapore's National Stadium in the International Champions Cup, Solskjaer said: "He is not fit, so he won't be able to play." Asked if Lukaku would still be a United player at the start of the season, he added: "I don't have any updates." Lukaku is yet to feature on the pre-season trip to Australia, Singapore and China after taking a knock in training earlier this week.

The Belgium international, who joined United two years ago, has been targeted by Inter Milan, but talks between the two clubs have stalled recently, according to British media reports.

Solskjaer was also pressed on the focus and form of midfielder Paul Pogba, who joined United from Juventus in 2016 for a then-world record fee of 89.3 million pounds ($110.83 million) and has been linked with a move away from the club.

"I'm looking to get all the players back to the form that we were on when I first came in.

It's not about just Paul Pogba getting back to that form.

It's every one of us," Solskjaer said.

"Everyone has been spot on pre-season and the games they've played.

When they are out on the pitch, I can't fault anyone.

When we have got meetings, they are more proactive...I've been very encouraged." United have pledged to invest in their squad in the close-season following a disappointing sixth-placed finish in the Premier League, 32 points behind champions Manchester City.

They have so far signed defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace and Wales winger Daniel James from Championship side Swansea City.

Solskjaer said the club is working on "one or two" more targets before the transfer window closes.

Solskjaer has already said the team would need a "miraculous season" to mount a challenge in the next campaign because of how much their rivals have improved.

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