Manchester United legend Paul Scholes ‘disappointed’ by handling of Romelu Lukaku transfer and club’s failure

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes ‘disappointed’ by handling of Romelu Lukaku transfer and club’s failure
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Paul Scholes believes Manchester United made a mistake not signing a striker during the summer transfer window – despite letting Romelu Lukaku leave.

Lukaku left Old Trafford to join Inter Milan in a £72million deal last month, leaving the Red Devils short of attacking options.

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The Red Devils were linked with Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala throughout the summer, but both moves failed to materialise.

This means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been left with only Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as senior strikers in his squad, with youngster Mason Greenwood quickly promoted to United’s first team to provide cover.

However, many regard Rashford and Martial as more naturally gifted wingers than strikers, though they have featured through the middle for United this season.

Scholes is worried about his former club given this lack of depth up front.

The former midfielder told talkSPORT: “That’s the one thing that disappoints me.

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“He [Solskjaer] obviously knew they were going to sell Lukaku at some point, but not to have a centre-forward lined up seems like a mistake to me.

“Whether they did, whether it dragged on too long from the club’s point of view, I don’t know.

“They’re going into a season without a centre-forward when it’s a club that is known for its attacking style and had probably four centre-forwards in its heyday.

“So to go in there with Rashford and Martial, who you’re not quite sure if they’re left wingers or centre-forwards, we don’t know. But I’m sure it’ll get sorted.”

United boss Solskjaer has confirmed 17-year-old Greenwood will make his second senior start when Astana visit Old Trafford in the Europa League on Thursday.

The teenage striker was handed his senior debut by Solskjaer in the Champions League earlier this year, and he’s made substitute appearances in four of United’s five opening Premier League games of the season.