Manchester United are in a rebuilding process under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with it looking like that striker Romelu Lukaku will be sold by the club before the European transfer window closes.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, the Red Devils have struggled to live up to previous lofty expectations and successive managers have failed at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer is seemingly taking a different approach at United, with a focus on buying young, hungry players and forging a team ethos at the Manchester club.

The likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and Harry Maguire all fit the bill for the Red Devils and there is reason for optimism ahead of the 2019-20 campaign kicking off.

However, the potential sale of Lukaku is certainly a strange move by United, given the Belgian’s strike rate in the Premier League.

It is clear that Solskjaer prefers Marcus Rashford as his centre forward, but the Red Devils are not blessed with other options in the number nine role.

While Anthony Martial has the ability to play there, the Frenchman is more suited to a wide attacking role.

In pre-season, Lukaku did not feature in the final friendly fixtures and was spotted back in Belgian wearing sports sunglasses and relaxing away from the rest of the United squad.

If Rashford gets injured or is unavailable at any point this season, not having Lukaku available as an alternative will certainly weaken United.

The Belgian is strong, fast and lethal, with the 26-year-old centre forward netting 113 Premier League goals in seven seasons.

While Lukaku can look cumbersome at times and his first touch is not as refined as other players, when in the mood and firing fit the former Anderlecht man is an ominous prospect for opposition defenders.

Rashford is certainly the future for United and an excellent player, but letting Lukaku leave could yet be a mistake by the Red Devils ahead of the new season.


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