Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that his side were close to securing services of a striker during the summer transfer window after Romelu Lukaku departed from the club.
Belgian forward has managed to found back of the net 42 times in 96 games for the Red Devils after finalising a £75million switch from Everton back in 2017.
However, despite emerging as one of the teams most consistent finishers over the past two campaign, Belgian forward was sold to Inter late in August, leaving Solskjaer short in the third line of the pitch.
The 20-times English champions have found back of the net five times in their last six Premier League appearences and are already planning to sign a forward when the transfer window re-opens in January.
‘I can say [I am a striker short], but that was the decision that I made and I made it happily,’ the Manchester United boss told Sky Sports.
‘When you have players, [they may have] great potential, but Romelu’s head was not here for us working forward as a group.
‘I don’t want to speak too much about other players. I have got lots of respects for Romelu but his time was up here.
‘We are very happy with the recruitment we did. Towards the end the right one we just didn’t get him over the line.
‘You’d rather bite the bullet and wait because you don’t want to spend big amounts of money on something that you are not sure of.’
Solskjaer also praised Manchester United’s fans for their support during the struggled season thus far.
‘The fans are great I have to say,’ he said. ‘It’s easy to be positive when I see them, they have been very positive with me.
‘They see what you are doing and they keep going. We want to pay them back for their loyalty and support by getting better results and better performances.
‘I can assure them we are working hard to do so.’