Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was right to allow Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku leave the club in the summer, despite renewed criticism after Marcus Rashford was forced to come off with a groin injury at West Ham, leaving Manchester United with no senior strikers available. That is according to former United defender Paul Parker, who believes supporters should take a longer term look at the situation.
Sanchez left on loan to Inter Milan after the Italian club agreed to take on a large percentage of the former Arsenal striker’s wages, following Lukaku who left England on the last day of the Premier League transfer window.
The Belgian had made it clear he wanted to leave the club after half a season where he was used sparingly after Solskjaer’s arrival. But some supporters are disgruntled that he was allowed to leave, with even greater vocal discontent being aired after yesterday’s defeat and the fact that no strikers were on the pitch at the end of the game following an injury to Anthony Martial and the illness of Mason Greenwood.
Despite this, Parker believes that the setback was just an unfortunate consequence, and says that it was still for the best that Solskjaer made the transfer moves he did.
“The problem is when you have a long term plan, you can only go as far as the people above will allow, so you have to also work with the short term in mind,” Parker said exclusively on this week’s WeAreTheBusbyBoys podcast. “He wanted Lukaku to go, and he would have liked a replacement, but as we know he wasn’t allowed to (sign one).”
“As far as Sanchez goes, if he’d kept him and not used him, or he’d have got injured, or if he’d kept him and used him and his performances continued to dip, he would have been slaughtered for not getting him out.
“I think in the long term it’s still absolutely right. With Sanchez they’ve been able to get ride of a proportion of the money and there was obviously an issue with Lukaku, an attitude problem and the way he conducted himself didn’t help, he disrespected the badge on the shirt. It’s the long game he looked at and in my opinion it’s to the benefit of the dressing room.”