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Solskjaer Details Reason Behind Lukaku Departure Despite Lack Of Cover

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that he has no regrets over Romelu Lukaku’s departure from the club despite not signing any cover. 

The Belgian completed his £73 million move to Inter Milan on transfer deadline day after two seasons with the club.

Lukaku endured a turbulent exit from United having been fined earlier this week for missing training without permission. He also trained with his boyhood club Anderlecht at the start of the week.

At a press conference this morning, Solskjaer admitted that it was the right time for the 26-year-old to leave.

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It was time now for Rom to go, because 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 this pre-season. He didn’t participate, so I just hope for him that he’ll get a good start at Inter Milan.

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

For me, I’m very confident that we’ll get goals from Martial, Rashford. Dan James will come in and create; I’m sure Jesse Lingard will get more. So we do have a different attacking set-up this season. Yes, we do [need to get more goals].

United made three signings during the window – defenders Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, along with forward Daniel James – and the Norwegian said he was delighted with the new acquisitions, despite losing Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia along with Lukaku.

While many fans may be frustrated over the lack of movement during the window, Solskjaer maintained that he was relieved that the window was closed while he also warned that there is no quick fix to the club’s situation.

“I said earlier in pre-season, last season as well, it’s not about a quick fix. It’s about a longer rebuild.

“It’s about getting the right players, the right people in, and it’s not time to suddenly, [in] the last three days, change that attitude when you haven’t got the right ones, you haven’t got the right people, you haven’t got the right players, or you haven’t got the answers, the correct answers, maybe, from the players that you wanted to have.

If there’s doubt, [and] most of the time, there is no doubt, then you’d rather trust the ones we have.

“I think when the transfer window closes it’s that [sigh], it’s a great feeling of relief. Now it’s done. Now we know what we are looking forward with and I’m delighted with, as you’ve said, the three we’ve signed.

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Author: Marisa Kennedy

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