Former Manchester United defender Danny Higginbotham has tipped Romelu Lukaku to leave the club in the summer if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is given the keys to Old Trafford on a permanent basis.
Lukaku has been a peripheral figure during the Norwegian’s brief tenure at the club, making just two starts in the Premier League since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho back in December.
The 45-year-old caretaker manager has preferred to utilise Marcus Rashford as Manchester United‘s main striker, where he has formed a dangerous looking triumvirate for the Red Devils alongside Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.
With United having shelled out £75m to bring Lukaku to the club in 2017, Higginbotham reckons that the burly Belgian will not want to sit around warming the bench, adding that he would be ‘very surprised’ if he was still at the club next year.
“It would be a huge step back if Rashford had to take a step backwards after what he has done,” Higginbotham said on Sky Sports The Debate.
“If Solskjaer does get the job, I don’t see Lukaku staying. We’ve seen he likes the flexible front three.
“Lukaku is a fantastic centre forward but he is a centre forward, whereas Rashford will interchange with (Jesse) Lingard and (Anthony) Martial.
“Can Rashford be that one No 9 at United? I don’t think there is the necessity to have a No 9 because of the way that they play.
“Rashford can play in a number of different ways, and because of that I’d be very surprised if Lukaku didn’t go in the summer.”