Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that Romelu Lukaku is still in his plans at Manchester United, despite Marcus Rashford looking like his current first choice striker.
Lukaku was off on compassionate leave when Solskjaer took over at Old Trafford, with Manchester United youngster Rashford being afforded a rare opportunity to start as a central striker.
The Belgian returned to action with a goal from the bench in the 4-1 Premier League win over Bournemouth, and quickly made his tally three from three after finding the net in the 2-0 wins over Newcastle and Reading. Despite being back among the goals, Lukaku was not included in the starting XI for the 1-0 win over Spurs.
Solskjaer decided to play with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as wide forwards at Wembley, with Jesse Lingard playing at the tip of a midfield diamond, however, the Man Utd caretaker boss has insisted that the £75 million striker is part of his plans.
“I used to be one of four strikers when we played with two. Now we have six forwards and we play with three,” Solskjaer told his pre-match press conference ahead of today’s game with Brighton.
“There are enough games. It is about taking your chances when you get them.
“No-one is scoring as many as Romelu in training.”
During his playing days, Solskjaer had to battle for appearances against the likes of Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole and Teddy Sherringham.