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Manchester United: Wolves draw proves Red Devils miss Romelu Lukaku, suggests Andy Goldstein

Manchester United: Wolves draw proves Red Devils miss Romelu Lukaku, suggests Andy Goldstein

‘He wasn’t replaced’ – TalkSPORT pundit bemoans transfer decision as United fall short at Wolves

TalkSPORT’s Andy Goldstein has argued that Manchester United needed Romelu Lukaku after they were held by Wolves in the Premier League on Monday evening.

Speaking following the game in which United had led until Ruben Neves’ stunning second-half equaliser, Goldstein felt that selling Lukaku without securing a replacement left the team short of the attacking options required to snatch a victory.

He protested to co-presenter Jason Cundy that Lukaku would otherwise have come off the bench and helped the United cause – had he not been sold to Inter Milan on the final day of the English transfer window.

He said: “[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?”

Cundy replied: “But you’re always going to have that argument. You weren’t having it last weekend! You’ve got players on the pitch last week that proved that they can score goals.”

Of course, a striker as prolific as Lukaku (only Paul Pogba scored more for the club last year) would arguably have offered a huge helping hand once United were pegged back early on in the second half at Molineux – but that would surely be the case for any striker with an eye for goal.

Mason Greenwood was perhaps not the answer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was looking for with the manager only drafting the youngster into the game in the dying minutes.

But by the same token, it’s not as if Solskjaer would have been oblivious to the fact that losing Lukaku would mean fewer options in attack – especially by leaving no time to source a replacement.

And besides, Anthony Martial has taken well to a more central role this year so far as a result of the Belgian’s departure, opening the scoring to follow up from his goal against Chelsea last week.

Therefore, it seems that Goldstein merely used Lukaku’s sale as an excuse for the team dropping points – when in reality, United were a successful penalty kick away from preserving their perfect record.

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