Solskjaer explains why Man Utd didn’t sign Lukaku replacement

first_imgManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained the club’s decision not to buy a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who joined Inter in an €80m (£74m/$90m) transfer on Thursday, stating that he feels the Belgian’s goals will be replaced by other attackers in the team.Lukaku was signed under Solskjaer’s predecessor, Jose Mourinho, and while he did score 28 goals in 66 Premier League matches for the Red Devils, he was often accused of failing to show up against stronger teams.Indeed, Marcus Rashford was the preferred starting option towards the end of the 2018-19 season, playing a part in Lukaku’s decision to take on a new challenge under Antonio Conte’s Nerazzurri in Serie A. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? United did not sign a replacement striker in the summer window, however, and Solskjaer explained that the club are taking a different attacking approach, and insisted there was never a breakdown in the relationship between the player and his boss.“Of course Rom has a good record and stats – he’s one of the top number nines around when you want to play with that kind of striker – he’s a target man,” the Norwegian told a press conference on Friday.“[But] for me, I’m very confident that we’ll get goals from [Anthony] Martial, Rashford… Dan James will come in and create, Jesse Lingard will get more. We have a different attacking set-up this season.“It was time for Rom to go because I think we got a good deal,” Solskjaer added. “He’s happy so I think both parties ended that deal as it should be. Rom was injured for a while in pre-season and didn’t participate so I just hope for him he’ll get a good start at Inter.“I have always had a good relationship with Rom, open and honest. We’ve spoken to each other openly and frankly and I have no issue with him at all. But now, whoever’s in here, we’re very happy with them.”With United preparing for their first Premier League match of the season on Sunday, some have been wondering whether young talent Mason Greenwood will play a part in the campaign and Solskjaer says that the starlet will get plenty of chances to impress.“Towards the end of last season, we didn’t score a lot of goals did we? We have players that we think will make an impact and Mason’s pathway would have been a lot more difficult if we had another forward.“For me, I believe that Mason is going to be playing and involved a lot – and when he is he will score goals.”Another attacking option at the manager’s disposal is Alexis Sanchez, who has thus far failed to hit the kind of form that earned him a move to Old Trafford from Arsenal. Solskjaer, however, expects the Chilean to find the net with more regularity this term.“Alexis has come in and trained well,” he said. “He’s four or five weeks behind the boys and has not played apart from the one behind closed doors here, so I think he’ll see this as an opportunity as well to make his mark.“I do expect him to stay, there’s a striker there we think is going to be able to score some goals.”last_img read more

US world leadership is better accepted in multilateral framework Annan says

In an address to the World Affairs Council in Los Angeles to mark its 50th anniversary, Mr. Annan reviewed the recent history of multilateralism as he spoke “about a topic that is very close to my heart – the importance of the United Nations to the future of the world.”He said the determination to live in a world governed by shared values could lead to success in the fight against “the politics of isolation and despair that terrorism seeks to create and bring the collective power of nations together to defeat the enemies we face.”“Obviously, leadership is essential. The United States is the sole remaining superpower. With that power comes great responsibility,” he said. “I sense a widespread international acceptance of American leadership.“But I also sense that its leadership will be more admired than resented and, indeed, that it will be most effective when it is exercised within a multilateral framework, when it is based on dialogue and the patient building of alliances through diplomacy and when it is aimed at strengthening the rule of law in international affairs.”These are the principles on which, thanks in part to the United States, the United Nations is based, he said.In 2000 world leaders gathered at the UN and worked out the Millennium Declaration, setting out their common objectives for the new century, Mr. Annan recalled.The horrific terrorist attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001 threatened to end this new era of hope and confidence, and instead raised fears that borders would close, freedoms would be curtailed or suppressed and “that the march towards democracy and human rights for all would be halted or even reversed.”But “practically all the governments of the world immediately understood that the best way – perhaps the only way – to prevent this happening was to confront this threat together,” he said.“Almost never in history has the world been as united as it was in the months after the attacks of 11 September – and it was united with America.”Now divisions have appeared but this acrimony has only underlined the need for the United Nations, he said.Recalling the many challenges faced by the UN throughout its history, Mr. Annan said that the Organization had not stopped terrible wars in Indochina, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa’s Great Lakes region, but it was a vehicle for action against Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and helped to bring peace to many lands, including Cambodia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone and East Timor, he said.The world body has also brought aid to millions affected by fighting, famine and floods, he said.The UN system, including its financial and trade institutions, “helped to achieve a remarkable half-century of progress, Mr. Annan said. “The world economy not only recovered from the devastation of 1945, it expanded as never before.”Air traffic was made safer, smallpox eradicated and women’s rights were advanced in many parts of the world, as were those of many oppressed peoples, Mr. Annan said, as he listed the many achievements of the world body.The United States could claim a large share of the credit, he said, “but the successes of this era required cooperation and interaction among the governments and peoples of the world in a manner never before seen. Much of that occurred through the United Nations.” read more