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Speaking on talkSPORT, former England manager Sam Allardyce has questioned Manchester United’s decision to sell Romelu Lukaku this summer.
Now, Allardyce has insisted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are light on options up front and raised concerns over the lack of different styles between their remaining forwards.
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He said: “There’s been a little bit of grumbling about the lack of spending. I think the net spend has not quite been as good as the United fans expected. This is my point of view as a manager, nobody else’s; I wouldn’t have let Lukaku go because they had no replacement.
“Manchester United look a bit short up front and that is a problem. If you have the replacement then that’s fine but if you look at Manchester United’s front line then you say to yourself that it’s very talented but also very similar. I don’t think you need to be very experienced in the game to know that.
“It eludes to only one style of play… I find that rather strange when you consider the game today and it’s the diversity of the game which is what makes the Premier League so good.”
Despite a truly emphatic 4-0 victory over top-four rivals Chelsea on Sunday, Manchester United’s strike-force will certainly have tougher days ahead. The likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez and even Mason Greenwood are likely to be electric on the counter-attack and have pace to burn.
But in games against sides with a packed defence who have no intention of trying to dominate the ball, United’s front-line may struggle to adapt. Can any of the aforementioned four, play with their back to goal and act as a platform for the side’s midfielders to link up with?
Lukaku represented an option for the Red Devils to play more direct and would cause havoc with his sheer physical presence – Rashford and co are unlikely to do the same, for all their other qualities.
So whilst things have gotten off to a great start at Old Trafford, the true impact of Lukaku’s exit will be felt against more defensive opposition.