Solskjaer: Greenwood has filled Romelu Lukaku void

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the emergence of Mason Greenwood has helped filled the void left in the team by the exit of Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku left United in the summer window, joining Inter Milan on a five-year deal for a fee around the region of £73m.

But the Red devils did not sign a direct replacement for the Belgiun international, who finished the 2018/19 campaign as United’s second highest scorer behind Pogba.

Solskjaer instead chose to give more game time to 18-year-old forward Mason Greenwood, who has repaid his coach with eight goals in all competitions so far this campaign.

“We always believed that Anthony (Martial) and Marcus (Rashford) were going to score goals. Mason has filled a big void, he has chipped in with goals.

“I’m not worried about goals from the centre forwards. Mason has eight now, Marcus and Anthony have quite a few.

“Romelu is a good striker and he will always score goals but it was time for him to move on.

Solskjaer suggested United were open to making one or two signings in January, but said the recovery of his players from injury has created necessary competition within his team.

“If we can keep these lot fit and keep on improving, one or two additions could create competition for places. That’s what we have to deal with at this club,” he added.

“We haven’t much (competition) because we’ve had injuries but now I have to think about leaving players out. It gives me more options.

“I am optimistic that we can keep the players fit and if the right ones (transfer targets) come about I do have the resources and the backing from the board.”


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