Manchester United: Sam Allardyce criticises depth of United forwards after Romelu Lukaku exit

Manchester United: Sam Allardyce criticises depth of United forwards after Romelu Lukaku exit

‘A bit short up front’ – Former England boss bemoans attacking options at Manchester United

Sam Allardyce believes Manchester United’s attacking options leave their frontline short of diverse options – berating the club’s decision to allow Romelu Lukaku to leave this summer.

Lukaku recently sealed a £74m move to Inter Milan, but with the move taking place on the final day of the transfer window, United were left without ample time to sort a replacement, which Allardyce cannot make sense of.

The former England and Everton boss feels that United should never have let the Belgian striker go without being able to replenish their attack ahead of the new campaign – despite United showing few signs of missing Lukaku in their 4-0 demolition of Chelsea at the weekend.

However, the departure of Lukaku still leaves United with just a handful of candidates to assume attacking roles – with winger Anthony Martial fulfilling a centre-forward position (albeit to good effect) during their impressive start to the campaign.

Allardyce told talkSPORT: “There’s been a little bit of grumbling about the lack of spending. I think the net spend has not quite been as good as the United fans expected.

“This is my point of view as a manager, nobody else’s; I wouldn’t have let Lukaku go because they had no replacement.

“Manchester United look a bit short up front and that is a problem.

“If you have the replacement then that’s fine but if you look at Manchester United’s frontline then you say to yourself that it’s very talented but also very similar.

“I don’t think you need to be very experienced in the game to know that.”

Looking at United’s current roster, it would seem that Lukaku’s void is to be filled by youngster Mason Greenwood, who made a late substitute appearance on Sunday afternoon.

Allardyce complains about how similar United’s options are, but if anything, the fact that current alternatives Martial and Alexis Sanchez are viable options on either wing surely gives Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a fair amount of combinations between his attackers, whose interchangeable positions don’t exactly back up Allardyce’s issues with the United forwards.

So while Lukaku may be gone, the introduction of Greenwood and the long-existing versatility of United’s frontline suggests not too much has changed for Solskjaer.

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