TalkSPORT pundit bemoans Manchester United’s decision to sell Romelu Lukaku

TalkSPORT pundit Andy Goldstein has said that Manchester United made the wrong choice to sanction the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan without bringing in a replacement. The Belgium international was touted to head to the Serie A throughout the summer and the deal eventually materialised before the English transfer deadline.

United were linked with a potential move for Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic to cover the void but at the end, the deal never materialised which has left the club short in the striking department. Speaking on TalkSPORT, Goldstein acknowledged that Mason Greenwood is a very exciting prospect but Lukaku would surely have been a gamechanger off the bench for United during the recent 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“[Mason] Greenwood is a very exciting prospect, [Andreas] Pereira is an excellent player – but these are two players coming off the bench and there’s no Romelu Lukaku, he wasn’t replaced. Are these the types of games where if you’ve not got Lukaku starting, he maybe should come off the bench with 15 minutes to go?,” he told.

While Goldstein’s views are somewhat right, it cannot be ignored that United were poor during the second half at the Molineux Stadium. Jesse Lingard missed a couple of clear-cut chances from six yards but Paul Pogba was ultimately the villain for a section of the fans after squandering the penalty kick which he had won.

In the absence of Lukaku, United currently don’t have a striker, who can provide the aerial and physical presence upfront. Still, there could make an addition with the transfer window closed with reports suggesting that Fernando Llorente would favour a move to Old Trafford. The Spain international is a free agent following the release from Tottenham Hotspur last month and he is said to be waiting on an approach from the Mancunian giants.