This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to Goal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is understood to be “relaxed” about the possibility of not signing a replacement for Romelu Lukaku this summer.
Reports in recent weeks have suggested that the Belgium international could be on his way out of Old Trafford, but a possible swap move involving Juventus’ Paulo Dybala appeared to collapse, leaving Lukaku’s future uncertain.
However, Goal claim that even if the striker were to leave Manchester before the end of the transfer window this week, United would seemingly be content with heading into the new season with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez and Mason Greenwood as their striking options.
Despite Lukaku’s rather underwhelming campaign last season – the Belgian netted just 15 goals in 45 appearances – United still have one of the more prolific goal-scorers in the Premier League in their ranks. His track record in previous seasons in English football show someone who will always affect the game, whether as a finisher or a provider.
The big question mark over Lukaku has been the accusation that he is simply a flat-track bully, and his numbers last season certainly didn’t do anything to dispel that criticism. However, someone has to turn up and score the goals against the division’s lesser lights, and the Belgian does that. Perhaps it’s time United looked at some of the other players and questioned why they too don’t step up their games for the big matches.
Not signing an adequate replacement for a centre-forward who generally provides you in and around 20 goals a season seems like a baffling move to make.
Rashford notched just 13 goals in a further two more appearances than Lukaku, whilst the likes of Martial and Sanchez have flattered to deceive under Solskjaer.
Greenwood certainly represents an exciting prospect but can United realistically rely upon a 17-year-old in the chase for Champions League football? As time runs out in the summer window, Solskjaer simply has to reconsider his stance on his current striking options.