Date of publication: Monday 9 September 2019 7:26
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was told his decision to allow Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to leave the Old Trafford this summer and sign a substitute for neither could return to haunt Manchester United.
The Red Devils started the season promisingly with a 4-0 win against Chelsea, but took only two points from their three successive games after draws at Wolves and Southampton that hampered Crystal Palace's home defeat.
Reportedly, the last of these games – a 1-1 draw at St Mary's Solskjaer loses his rag with his players and calls for immediate improvement in their next game, at Leicester's home on Saturday.
There have also been reports that Solskjaer had ordered leading strikers Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to undergo additional training to work on their final skills, but Alan Shearer has an alternative theory about their struggles – and highlighted Sanchez's summer sales, and in particular Lukaku, for leaving the club too light up front.
"It's a big problem for United because they made a big bet by not replacing Lukaku," Shearer said The sun.
"Going into the season with only Marcus, Martial and Mason Greenwood is very risky and this is a huge burden for those three to carry on a long campaign."
Shearer's comments come after British boss Gareth Southgate has stated that Rashford was not a "real No. 9", while his abilities to score huge talents every season he was also questioned by Michael Owen.
And Shearer is also in agreement with the evaluation.
"There is no denying that he is an excellent talent but I don't think he is a natural scorer. Sometimes we forget he is only 21, so time is still on his side," added Shearer.
"Also this season, when the Manchester United main striker, Romelu Lukaku, left, the chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plays Anthony Martial in the middle."
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