Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed that the presence of Mason Greenwood is the reason behind Manchester United not signing a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian, who has been a long-term target for Inter Milan, completed his move to the Serie A club in a £74m deal.
While there were speculations that the Red Devils might look at Mario Mandzukic and Fernando Llorente as the possible options to replace the outgoing 26-year-old, the gaffer decided against pursuing those options.
Here’s Solskjaer explaining the reasons behind letting Big Rom leave without signing any replacements:
“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,” he said.
“Of course Rom has a good record and good stats, he’s one of the top number nines around when you want to play with that kind of striker, and he is that target man.
“For me, I’m very confident that we’ll get goals from Martial, Rashford. Dan James will come in and create, Jesse Lingard will get more.
“I’m sure we do have a different attacking set up this season.
“Towards the end of last season we didn’t score a lot of goals, did we? And you do have players that you think will make an impact and Mason Greenwood’s pathway would have been a lot more difficult if we had another forward there.
“For me, I believe that Mason is going to be playing and involved a lot and when he is he will score goals.”
With Marcus Rashford set to start as our primary number nine, it could be seen as a wise decision to not pursue a stop-gap player, instead, the gaffer is looking to provide those opportunities to the young academy star Mason Greenwood.
The 17-year-old is short on experience, and it could yet turn out to be a gamble if Rashford fails to fire, or worse, gets injured.
But, it could also be an opportunity for Greenwood to grab the chance and make a name for himself in the Premier League and Europe.