Solskjaer says Manchester United had to offload duo for sake of club’s culture

Date published: Friday 18th October 2019 10:55 - Matthew Briggs

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Manchester United’s decisions to offload Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the summer.

The pair both joined Inter Milan with Lukaku signing permanently for the Serie A side and Sanchez signing on a season-long loan deal.

It has left United short of striking options and only last month Solskjaer admitted that a new forward was on his January shopping list.

But at Friday’s Carrington news conference the Norwegian defended their summer business and admitted he knew it would harm them in the short-term.

“The time is always right to make the right decision and to go one with the squad we have, the injuries didn’t help, we’re getting players back now,” said Solskjaer.

“I’m sure until Christmas we’ll get the results but the last few weeks have been different and hard but it won’t tell me it was the wrong decision, it was the right decision. Listen, the culture we want to build we had to make those decisions.

Asked what was different from last season, he said: “The culture I’m seeing every day, the attitude of the training, they want to give everything. At times I didn’t feel they had the robustness, or the mentality at times…for us we have been working very hard for the conditioning.”


The Norwegian, who has been publicly backed by Ed Woodward, was asked about the support from the executive vice-chairman.

Solskjaer said: “Well, of course, always. I speak to Ed loads of times and we speak regularly and we’ve spoken so many times we do have a plan and we have made some decisions in the short-term that would harm us but in the long-term would benefit us and that’s part of the plan, but results are always the main thing and we can move forward quicker with results and performances.

“I am sure we will get there. But there’s planning for the next transfer window and summer transfer window.”


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