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Solskjaer explains why he ‘happily’ allowed Lukaku leave and why no replacement was signed

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up about his decision to allow Romelu Lukaku to leave Old Trafford for Inter Milan this summer and why the club did not sign a replacement for the Belgian striker.

Not only was Lukaku allowed to depart for Serie, but high-profile attacker Alexis Sanchez was also sent to Milan on loan, leaving Manchester United to start the season with young duo Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford as their main striking options.

This decision has been widely questioned with the Old Trafford outfit having won just two of their seven Premier League games, and Rashford, in particular, has looked miles off being the type of clinical frontman a club of United’s stature require.

However, Solskjaer has revealed that he was glad to see Lukaku leave as the 27-year-old was not fully committed and that he chose not to sign a replacement after the club missed out on their number one target.

“I can say [I am a striker short], but that was the decision that I made and I made it happily,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

“When you have players, [they may have] great potential, but Romelu’s head was not here for us working forward as a group.

“I don’t want to speak too much about other players. I have got lots of respects for Romelu but his time was up here.

“We are very happy with the recruitment we did. Towards the end the right one we just didn’t get him over the line.

“You’d rather bite the bullet and wait because you don’t want to spend big amounts of money on something that you are not sure of.”

United face an away trip to fellow strugglers Newcastle United tomorrow.

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