ROMELU LUKAKU’S departure to Inter Milan on Thursday was greeted with virtual cheers by numerous Manchester United fans on social media.
In fairness, Lukaku’s goal scoring record has been pretty good since his arrival from Everton two years ago.
But there’s always been question marks about his first touch, and his contribution to general play.
What really left a sour taste in the mouth of die-hard Reds was his public desire to move to Italy over the last 12 months.
Followed this week by his strange social media post revealing confidential details about United’s training statistics.
It seemed like the perfect and sensible time for all involved to push through a move to Serie A.
United received back most of what they paid Everton for him, whilst at the same time, got to move on an unhappy and disruptive player.
Despite it being a disappointing campaign however, Lukaku was United’s top scoring forward last season.
Juventus pair Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukić were two of the names tipped to replace the wantaway Belgian.
But many supporters were left scratching their heads on deadline day when no further signatures were added to the earlier signings of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dan James.
It’s Solskjaer though who might have the last laugh.
Anyone who has been following the fortunes of the academy for the last five years, or watched this summer’s pre-season games, will know that there might already be a ready-made replacement at the club.
Enter, Mason Greenwood.
The Bradford-born forward became United’s youngest starter in the Premier League era last May when he made his full debut against Cardiff City at Old Trafford.
And it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the starting XI against Chelsea on Sunday.
Still only seventeen if those outside of Old Trafford weren’t sure about him before pre-season, a series of sizzling displays over the last six weeks will have shown them that he might just be the one to watch this coming season.
His finish in the friendly against Inter Milan last month, in a crowded and frantic penalty area and from a tight angle, provided a glimpse of what he’s capable of.
But there’s more to his game than that.
CALM AND FEARLESS
His fearless nature and calm character is impressive for one so young, and when he receives the ball in that final third, his first thought is to attack and ask questions of the opposing defender.
Despite being described as one of the most exciting prospects since the emergence of the Class of ’92, we must also remember that even the finest young players often struggle with consistency.
I still remember people doubting Ryan Giggs’ ability to cross during his early days with the first team.
But, similar to Giggs, Greenwood has that relentless desire to always want the ball.
And even if a chance goes abegging, you’ll see him having another go, trying to create an opening or test the ‘keeper with attempt at goal, something he’s more than capable of with either foot.
So United fans might feel short changed in the attacking department this transfer window.
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On the other hand, they might be about to witness the explosion of their finest homegrown talent since Giggs, David Beckham and Paul Scholes in the mid 1990s.
Solskjaer is set to put his trust and perhaps job in the hands of several youth players.
But if the latest crop are to be a success, Greenwood will be leading the way.