Manchester United haven't gotten off to the best of starts to the season and Romelu Lukaku's departure left a huge void upfront for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team.
To make things even worse, United sent Alexis Sanchez away on a loan after a nightmare stint at Old Trafford to try and take his career back from the ground.
The Norweigan boss trusts the young players to step up this season and carry the Red Devils back to the UEFA Champions League, but that's easier said than done.
Alexis still had some left in the tank but he fell off the team's pecking order due to constant injuries and inconsistency, so Solskjaer claimed he just needed to go, even though he opened the door for a potential return if he gets his career back on track:
"Alexis needed to go, at the moment we know he’s been here for 18 months and it’s not really worked out for him. For him to restart and get himself playing regularly and scoring goals that will only benefit everyone. In the end, for us, we’re going to watch every weekend to see Romelu and Alexis playing together. He will come good for them. For us, we had a decision to make, I'm trusting Anthony (Martial), Marcus (Rashford), Mason (Greenwod) to be our center-forwards," Solskjaer told the media, as quoted by The Guardian.
Moreover, the Norweigan pledged his confidence to the youngsters ahead of his team's clash with Southampton, claiming they're all ready to take a step forward this season:
"We’ve got wingers in Chongy (Tahith Chong), Dan James, (Andreas) Pereira, we’ve loads of options. For me, it’s time for our boys to feel that pressure and responsibility, to be more robust, to know they have to play five games in a row. I trust the fitness staff and medical staff and the pre-season work. We’re mentally and physically more ready, that’s the next step for our young players," he concluded.