Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists that allowing Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to leave for Inter Milan was the “right decision” for Manchester United.
With Lukaku and Sanchez now at Inter, Solskjaer has found himself in the firing line for relying on Marcus Rashford to lead the United attack.
The England international has only scored three goals in his 10 appearances this season. It’s naturally led to doubts over his suitability as a centre-forward given his lack of killer touch.
Although Solskjaer’s plight hasn’t been helped by Anthony Martial’s hamstring injury, which has kept the Frenchman sidelined for 56 days now.
Therefore, United fans are already beginning to lament the loss of a pair of proven scorers in Lukaku and Sanchez.
But Solskjaer is having none of it, and insists he made the right call to allow them to sign up for Inter in the summer.
“In one-off games, you think we could’ve had a number of extra players with experience,” the Red Devils boss told Gary Neville in a Sky Sports interview.
“Alexis and Rom are goalscorers and good players, but at the moment, we made those decisions and they were the right decisions.
“That’s the only way you’ve got to look at it. All the players here want to give everything for the club and for the shirt – that’s a big thing.”
Solskjaer added: “Every day that they come in training, and every day that they put the shirt on, they’re going to give everything that they have. So you can’t really say, ‘oh I wish I didn’t do that’.
“Giving a couple of the lads the chance to show themselves, maybe it was a little bit too early for a few of them. But Mason Greenwood has stepped in and scored a couple in the midweek games, so it’s a great experience for them.
“We know we haven’t had the results that we wanted, but I wouldn’t have kept the players we sold. It was the right decision.”
United are currently down in 12th-place in the Premier League standings this season. However, they are still just five points adrift of fourth-place Leicester City in the final Champions League spot.
When Neville asked him if a top-four spot is realistic, Solskjaer replied: “Yes, definitely.
“Of course, we’re looking at one or two new signings. We’re one or two players light, and we’ve said that, but if the right ones are available in January then we might do something. If not, these players will give everything.”
Solskjaer also insisted that he remains relaxed over his United future thanks to his three-year contract.