That leaves United’s interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with just Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. But it could also open the door for the next big thing at Old Trafford.
Mason Greenwood may only be 17, but he is arguably the most exciting talent to come out of United’s academy for some years.
Even with Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes waiting in the wings, Greenwood is best placed to seize his chance. Perhaps more so given the presence of Solsjkaer and the absence of Lukaku on compassionate leave.
Greenwood scored a hat-trick in United’s recent FA Youth Cup victory against the previously all-conquering Chelsea. And that performance could not have been more timely.
After all, Solskjaer knows a thing or two about scoring for United. And if anyone is going to give the next generation a chance, it is the new temporary coach.
Assuming Rashford and Martial both start this weekend, Greenwood could well earn a place on the bench.
The alternative is for United to have no strikers among their substitutes and that is not in Solskjaer’s DNA.
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