‘Man Utd made a mistake selling Lukaku without having replacement’

first_imgManchester United made a mistake in sanctioning the sale of Romelu Lukaku without having a ready-made replacement lined up, says Paul Scholes.The Red Devils agreed to part with the Belgium international frontman over the summer, with the 26-year-old having recorded 42 goals in 96 appearances for the club.Lukaku was allowed to head for Inter as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sought to embrace a different attacking philosophy at Old Trafford – one which places greater emphasis on movement and pace over power and presence. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career United legend Scholes feels the wrong approach is being taken, with the Red Devils now lacking a proven and prolific focal point in the final third as Rashford and Anthony Martial have shown themselves to be better when operating on the flanks .”[United] obviously knew they were going to sell Lukaku at some point, but not to have a centre-forward lined up seems a mistake to me,” said Scholes.”Whether they did, whether it just dragged on too long from the club’s point of view, I don’t know.”To go into a season without a centre-forward, when it’s a club known for its attacking style, and probably four centre-forwards in its heyday, so to go in there with Rashford and Martial who you’re not quite sure… are they left wingers? Are they centre-forwards? We don’t know, but I’m sure it’ll get sorted.”Scholes added on Rashford, who has netted three times in five appearances this season but boasts a personal-best goal return of just 13 across any given campaign : “It’s hard to say, I just don’t know [Rashford’s best position]. I think he’s good from the left.”Originally when he was a young lad I thought he was definitely a centre-forward. I thought he had awareness and the movement to be a centre-forward. But I look at him now and I’m not sure he’s got the composure for that.”I think his best games are when he comes from the left-hand side. But I think that’s the same with Martial as well, they’re both very similar players.”If you ask them, I’d say they probably both want to play centre-forward, but I think they’re both better from the left-hand side.”last_img read more

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