Published: 16:40 | 9/8/19

Solskjaer backing young players to shine

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskajer is backing youth to shine this season at Old Trafford.

Responding to criticism of the club’s summer transfer dealings, the Norwegian revealed that he didn’t feel it was necessary to replace the departed Romelu Lukaku as he wants to develop young striker Mason Greenwood.

Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial are United's three senior strikers which has left many United fans fearing that they could be short in that department.

However, revealing that he had a good relationship with the want-away Belgian international and was sad to see him go, he is confident that the club has a good enough strike force to cope in his absence. 

"It was time now for Rom to go because I think we got a good deal," he said. 

"He's happy, so I think both parties ended that deal as it should be.

"I have always had a good relationship with Rom, open and honest, we've spoken to each other openly and frankly and have no issue between me and Rom but we are now obviously, who's here, we're very happy with them.

"Towards the end of last season we didn't score a lot of goals and you do think players will have an impact. Mason Greenwood's pathway would have been a lot more different if we had another forward there and I believe Mason is going to be playing and involved a lot and when he is he's going to score goals.

"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, target man. For me I'm very confident that we'll get goals from Martial, Rashford, (Daniel) James will create, I'm sure Jesse Lingard will get more.

"The fans I've met are excited with the players we've got. 

"There are always going to be some fans out there wanting to sign players that's part and parcel of being here. The players are here now and have been shown that trust and we believe in them.

"I said earlier in pre-season last season as well it's not about a quick fix it's a long rebuild, about the right players right people in and it's not about suddenly changing it at all when you haven't got the right ones. There is money available when the right players are available."


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