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Solskjaer's Plan: The Reason Why Manchester United Didn't Sign A Striker


Manchester United fans were livid about the fact that the team had left Romelu Lukaku go without signing a replacement, as scoring goals was one of their biggest issues last season.

However, it looks like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn't worried about his team's offense going forward, and revealed why they didn't aggressively pursue a striker prior to the transfer deadline:

"Of course, Romelu has a good record and stats, he's one of the top number nines around when you want to play with that kind of striker – he's a target man. But 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. We have a different attacking set-up this season", Solskjaer told the media.

Moreover, he cleared the air about the rumors that pointed him and Lukaku had a bad relationship and that he pushed him out the door since taking over the team:

“It was time for Romelu 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. Romelu was injured for a while in pre-season and didn't participate so I just hope for him he'll get a good start at Inter. I have always had a good relationship with Romelu, open and honest. We've spoken to each other openly and frankly and I have no issue with him at all. But now, whoever's in here, we're very happy with them," he added.

Soslkjaer went on to address their striker situation claiming they'll get a major boost from Mason Greenwood, Manchester United's latest wonderkid:

“Towards the end of last season, we didn't score a lot of goals, did we? We have players that we think will make an impact and Mason's pathway would have been a lot more difficult if we had another forward. For me, I believe that Mason is going to be playing and involved a lot - and when he is he will score goals," he concluded.

The Red Devils were linked with a move for Paulo Dybala or Mario Mandzukic, but neither of them came through, so they'll have a lot of pressure on their shoulders ahead of this campaign, especially if they end up losing Paul Pogba.