Solskjaer on Man Utd’s January transfer plans before Arsenal clash

Mon 30 September 2019 | 7:54

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sold Romelu Lukaku in the summer - but now he wants to replace the Belgian.

Solskjaer has admitted the club will need to replace Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the January transfer window.

Lukaku was sold to Inter Milan for £73million, just two years after he was purchased for £2m more from Everton.

Sanchez was also sent to Inter, but on loan with an option for the Italian club to buy him at the end of the season.

United have started the season lacking in attacking threat - something that was expected with Lukaku the Red Devils’ second-top goalscorer last season.

Solskjaer admits the club would have replaced Lukaku if the right man was available in the summer.

"Of course, if we had the right one, if he was there, we would have signed him. There were strikers, but they weren't the ones we wanted. We couldn't get the one we wanted,” he said.

"It was time for Rom to go. He knows that. He didn't want to be here. What is the point in having players that don't wanna be here?

"And it's no point getting players in that you're not 100 percent sure about. When you get players in you need the right ones that are going to stay here for a longer period.

"That's the long-term thinking we have to show. I cannot think, 'I need a player because this is my reputation'. No, it's about the club.”

Solskjaer then stated that United’s January plans were pretty clear for everyone to see, by stating that creativity and goals were essential.

"We let Alexis (Sanchez) and Romelu go, so you don't have to be a rocket scientist to see that it's forward we need that next time we're going to recruit,” the Norwegian added.

"We're looking for some creativity and goals.

“We need to score more goals, definitely. We're working on improving relationships, the patterns, the understanding.

"We've started at one end with the foundation, we've done great defensively, but we're not happy with the return going forward."

United’s next clash comes against Arsenal tonight at Old Trafford, before traveling to Holland for a Europa League showdown with AZ Alkmaar on Thursday.

source: SportMob