Manchester United made a number of transfer activities during the summer transfer window, as the club made three signings and a number of players left the club either on a loan or a permanent deal.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also made do with Romelu Lukaku as he decided to stick with Marcus Rashford as his top 9, with youngster Mason Greenwood his deputy.
Premier League legend Alan Shearer has revealed Solskjaer made a huge gamble by selling Lukaku to Inter Milan and choosing rather to trust the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood to spearhead United’s attack this season.
“Gareth Southgate’s assessment that Marcus Rashford is not a No . 9 is spot on,” Shearer told The Sun.
“Even this season, when Manchester United’s main striker Romelu Lukaku left, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plays Anthony Martial down the middle.
“I get the feeling Marcus feels more confident coming in off the left where he does not have to play a lot with his back to goal.
“There is no denying he is an excellent talent but I don’t think he is a natural goalscorer. We sometimes forget he is only 21 so time is still on his side.
“But he is very different to Harry Kane, who is determined and ruthless. I do not think Marcus will be bothered by the England boss’ words.
“We have not heard from Marcus where he prefers to play and I have never spoken to him about it.
“But Gareth probably would not have said that if Marcus had told him he sees himself as a centre-forward.”
Shearer added: “For England, it is not a problem because he will never play there ahead of Harry, and Marcus looked sharp against Bulgaria from the left.
“It is a bigger issue for United because they have taken a huge gamble by not replacing Lukaku.”