Man Utd didn't want a Romelu Lukaku replacement because it would 'block' Mason Greenwood

Mason Greenwood is set to feature for Man Utd this season.

Romelu Lukaku finally left Manchester United on deadline day in a £74m move to Internazionale.

Lukaku initially joined United two years ago for £75m but it became increasingly apparent that he wasn't the right fit - especially under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Solskjaer is building a young, pacy, direct team and it appears Lukaku just didn't fit the bill.

It was clear all summer that he was on his way out, it was simply a matter of deciding which Italian team would take him.

At first it looked likely to be Inter but then Juventus got ahead of them in the race - only to be pipped at the finish.

As a result, United are down a striker for at least the first half of the season, given their decision to not sign a replacement for Lukaku.

But Solskjaer has moved to explain his reasoning - he didn't want to block the development of Mason Greenwood.

Greenwood is arguably the shining light of the next-generation of United youngsters and will be in the first-team set-up this season.

And as Solskjaer says, you don't want to block such a talent.

"Mason Greenwood’s pathway would have been a lot more different if we had another forward there, and I believe Mason is going to be playing and involved a lot, and when he is, he’s going to score goals," said Solskjaer.

Greenwood featured on Man Utd's pre-season tour.

Greenwood had a stellar season in the youth system last campaign; in 26 youth games, he scored 26 goals and assisted another eight.

That's a level of ability that you gives you opportunities and especially at United, with their rich history of developing players, particularly attackers.

If Greenwood is going to be the next great United talent, it's important he gets the opportunity to show what he can do.

And it looks like Solskjaer plans on giving him just that.

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