Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains how Man Utd are better off without Romelu Lukaku

By Mirror: Friday, August 9th 2019 at 14:02 GMT +3 | Football
Romelu Lukaku wipes his face during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, England, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United are better off without Romelu Lukaku following his £75million move to Inter Milan.

Solskjaer believes he has a more fluid attack with better options with Lukaku gone, winger Daniel James and young striker Mason Greenwood with a clear route to the first-team.

United kick-off their Premier League campaign against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Solskjaer confident he has a squad capable of improving on last season's sixth-placed finish.

Although their fans were frustrated United did not bring in a midfielder or striker before deadline day, Solskjaer is adamant he has a squad capable of challenging for a top-four place.

And the United boss believes the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial can step up and score goals in the void left by Lukaku, who plundered 42 in two seasons at Old Trafford.

“Of course Rom has a good record and statistically he's one of the top number nines around when you want to play with that kind of striker, a target man,” said Solskjaer.

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“But I'm very confident that we'll get goals from Martial and Rashford. Dan James will create and Jesse Lingard will get more.

“It was time now for Rom to go because I think we got a good deal, he's happy, so I think both parties ended that deal as it should be.

“Rom was injured for a while this pre-season and didn't participate, so I just hope for him he'll get a good start at Inter Milan.

“Towards the end of last season we didn't score a lot of goals and Mason Greenwood's pathway would have been a lot more difficult if we had another forward there.

“I believe Mason is going to be playing and involved a lot and when he is he's going to score goals.”

United were the biggest spenders in the transfer window, splashing £145m on James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire, but they failed to bring in a midfielder or striker late in the window.

“Do you know, I think when the transfer window closes it's a great feeling of relief now it's done,” said Solskjaer.

“Now we know we're looking forward with and I'm delighted with the three we've signed.”

Asked if he understood the frustration of some United fans at the lack of business late in the window, Solskjaer said: “Well that's not the feeling inside the club and the feeling with the fans I've met is that they're are excited with the ones we've got.

“There are always going to be fans out there wanting to sign players, that's part and parcel of being here, but the players are here now and have been shown that trust and we believe in them.

“Of course we want to put that [sense of frustration] right and the only way we can end any doubts is by playing good football, showing the team we want to be and with the style we want to play.

“Our fans, when they see that intention, have always been supporting the team, but within the team and the club we're feeling very confident and don't feel that negativity you're talking about.”

“I said earlier in pre-season it's not about a quick-fix it's a long rebuild, it's about the right players, getting the right people.

“It's not about suddenly changing that when you haven't got the right ones and the correct answers from the players you wanted to have.”

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