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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Says He'd Rather Be A Striker Short Than Have Romelu Lukaku

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Says He'd Rather Be A Striker Short Than Have Romelu Lukaku

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he's happier being a striker short than he would be if Manchester United still had Romelu Lukaku at the club.

This summer Solskjaer started the job of rebuilding the United squad by getting rid of the players he didn't want, doing a decent job of that, but the recruitment was quite difficult with only Daniel James added to the attacking ranks.

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Lukaku now tearing it up for Inter. Image: PA Images
Lukaku now tearing it up for Inter. Image: PA Images

With Lukaku leaving permanently to Inter, and Alexis Sanchez joining him on loan, United are short of strikers this season and, speaking to Sky Sports, Solskjaer revealed he's happy with what he's got, saying "I can say [I am a striker short], but that was the decision that I made and I made it happily.

"When you have players, [they may have] great potential, but Romelu's head was not here for us working forward as a group.

"I don't want to speak too much about other players. I have got lots of respects for Romelu but his time was up here.

"We are very happy with the recruitment we did. Towards the end the right one we just didn't get him over the line.

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"You'd rather bite the bullet and wait because you don't want to spend big amounts of money on something that you are not sure of."

The outgoings have left the side with only Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford as experienced strikers, with teenager Mason Greenwood, and both have had injuries this season.

Solskjaer brushed it off a bit, saying, "The injuries we have had are frustrating of course but they are part and parcel of being a footballer."

Between them though the pair have only scored five league goals and it's been United's biggest issue of the season.

Sanchez has joined Lukaku in the San Siro. Image: PA Images
Sanchez has joined Lukaku in the San Siro. Image: PA Images

Meanwhile in Italy the Belgian has scored three goals in just six appearances whilst Sanchez has added one in his only start.

The pair might well feel there decisions to leave and join the Nerazzurri have been fully justified with Inter currently riding high at the top of the table.

Antonio Conte's side put their perfect record on the line when they face fierce rivals Juventus in the Derby d'Italia on Sunday evening.

Who should Solskjaer sign to replace Lukaku?

Topics: Football News, Manchester United, Serie A, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Transfer news, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Inter, Italy, Antonio Conte

Ryan Sidle

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