Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man Utd transfer decision questioned – ‘It’s a big loss’

Manchester United hero Ince has warned Solskjaer that selling Lukaku will be a big loss to the squad.

United sold Lukaku to Inter Milan for around £74million, after the Belgian made it clear that he wanted to leave.

Despite scoring 42 goals in 96 games for the Red Devils, Solskjaer told Lukaku that he’d be playing second-fiddle to Marcus Rashford this season, if he stayed.

But, Ince has told Solskjaer that he should’ve made sure to replace the striker before selling him.

It’s a tough one with Romelu Lukaku, because the fact of the matter is he is always going to score you goals

Paul Ince

“It’s a tough one with Romelu Lukaku, because the fact of the matter is he is always going to score you goals,” Ince told Paddy Power.

“Last season you could see the signs that he wasn’t happy, that he wanted to leave.

“There were signs that the end was approaching for him, but what he does offer is guaranteed goals in the net.

“As a club, for United to suddenly lose 20 or so goals that he nets, that’s a big loss and they should have replaced him – his goals will be missed.

“It puts a lot of pressure on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. In my eyes, for United to be performing well, Rashford needs to be netting 20-25 goals this season and I’m not yet sure if he’ll do that.”

The former United star added that Lukaku will always score goals if he has the right players around him.

He said that the striker will relish having high expectations, and Inter have bought a terrific goalscorer.

“He has to be fed and he will score you goals, and I’m sure he’ll show that at Inter Milan,” he added.

“Having played there myself, it’s a great move for him. It’s a wonderful club and a wonderful place to live, it’ll be a great experience.

“The expectations will be huge on him because he’s come from United, and there’ll be nowhere to hide, but he should relish that.”

After selling Lukaku, United are short on centre-forwards. Rashford will inevitably be the ideal striker for Solskjaer, while Martial could also be deployed down the middle.

Failing that, the boss may have to call upon youngster Mason Greenwood.

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