Manchester United could only look on as three of their former players advanced to the Europa League final.
Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young and Alexis Sanchez have been instrumental to the Nerrazzuri’s recent good form. Their struggles in Manchester long forgotten as they qualified for the final.
Under the tutelage of Antonio Conte, himself something of a pariah in England, they have truly regained their best form. Now, they’re set to be critical to the hunt for Inter’s first silverware since 2011.
Lukaku now has 33 goals in all competitions this season, rediscovering the form that earned him the move to Manchester in the first place. Now in a stable team, with a strike partner in Lautaro Martinez he trusts, he can kick on to lead this Inter side to glory. Another former Manchester United player to see a turn-around has been the mercurial Alexis Sanchez.
Once held as one of Europe’s finest players, the Chilean’s move to Manchester was nothing short of a disaster. However, since moving to Milan, he’s rediscovered his best form. With 10 goal involvements in 13 Serie A appearances since the restart, his purchase by Inter is a no-brainer. Now fully fit and firing however, he presents a fantastic option for Conte going forward. Able to slot in as a striker, or in attacking midfield role, he’ll be a fantastic option if a game needs to be broken open.
Ashley Young and Victor Moses have also come in and revived their careers under Conte. Moses had been playing in relative exile in Turkey before being picked up by Inter. Now, however, he has 5 assists in just 12 Serie A appearances on the right of Conte’s midfield. Farmed out on loan by Chelsea, he’ll be hoping to stay at Inter, if they can agree to a fee both clubs find palatable.
Young has also found a new lease of life under the Italian. The 35-year-old Englishman had begun to fall by the wayside at Old Trafford, used out of position at right-back. Now, however, lining up on the left of Conte’s midfield, he’s thriving. With four goals and four assists in Serie A, he provides an attacking threat out wide, as well as using his experience to help the defence.
The only Premier League recruit who’s failed to deliver so far is Christian Eriksen. The 28-year-old Dane only has three Serie A goal contributions since January and has struggled for a starting place. However, it’s hard to see this malaise continuing. Eriksen has proved he’s a highly technical operator and a fantastic creative force. Playing behind strikers like Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku, it’s hard to see him failing to find form again.