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Solskjaer reveals how close Manchester United came to signing Romelu Lukaku replacement

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed how close Manchester United came to signing a striker (Picture: Getty)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Manchester United were close to signing a striker in the summer after Romelu Lukaku joined Inter Milan.

Belgium international Lukaku scored 42 goals in 96 appearances for United after completing a £75million move from Everton in 2017.

But despite emerging as one of the club’s most consistent goalscorers over the past two seasons, Lukaku was sold to Inter in August, leaving Solskjaer short of attacking options.

The Red Devils have scored just five goals in their last six Premier League fixtures and are already planning to sign a striker when the transfer window opens in January.

Romelu Lukaku left United to join Inter Milan in the summer (Picture: Getty)

‘I can say [I am a striker short], but that was the decision that I made and I made it happily,’ the Manchester United boss told Sky Sports.

‘When you have players, [they may have] great potential, but Romelu’s head was not here for us working forward as a group.

‘I don’t want to speak too much about other players. I have got lots of respects for Romelu but his time was up here.

‘We are very happy with the recruitment we did. Towards the end the right one we just didn’t get him over the line.

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‘You’d rather bite the bullet and wait because you don’t want to spend big amounts of money on something that you are not sure of.’

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Sitting tenth in the Premier League, Manchester United desperately need to return to winning ways on Sunday when they make the trip to St James’ Park to face Newcastle.

Solskjaer added: ‘Of course you don’t enjoy not winning games. You put your heart, life and soul into this job.

‘If you win games you are happier, your mood changes but it doesn’t mean your performances have been better – results change mood.

‘For us to get a result [at Newcastle] is vital now. I think it will change the mood. The boys can go away on their international break and freshen up their heads.’

Solskjaer also praised Manchester United’s fans for their support during the team’s poor start to the 2019-20 campaign.

‘The fans are great I have to say,’ he said. ‘It’s easy to be positive when I see them, they have been very positive with me.

‘They see what you are doing and they keep going. We want to pay them back for their loyalty and support by getting better results and better performances.

‘I can assure them we are working hard to do so.’

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