Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has explained the club’s decision not to buy a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who joined Inter in a £74m transfer on Thursday.

Addressing the media on Friday, the Norwegian stated that Lukaku’s goals will be replaced by other attackers in the squad.

Solskjaer prefers Marcus Rashford ahead of the Belgian, who netted 28 goals in 66 Premier League fixtures.

And he has now admitted that he does not want to work with a target man.

“Of course Rom has a good record and stats – he’s one of the top number nines around when you want to play with that kind of striker – he’s a target man.

“[But] for me, I’m very confident that we’ll get goals from [Anthony] Martial, Rashford… Dan James will come in and create, Jesse Lingard will get more. We have a different attacking set-up this season.

“It was time for Rom to go because I think we got a good deal.

“He’s happy so I think both parties ended that deal as it should be. Rom was injured for a while in pre-season and didn’t participate so I just hope for him he’ll get a good start at Inter.

“I have always had a good relationship with Rom, open and honest. We’ve spoken to each other openly and frankly and I have no issue with him at all. But now, whoever’s in here, we’re very happy with them,” Solskjaer said.


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