Paul Scholes offers his transfer advice to Manchester United, warning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that his current crop of attacking talent is not good enough.
Solskjaer will know that much already from working with the players since December. Being a former striker at United, he knows what standards are required and may need to axe a few players who are not part of his plans.
His former teammate, Scholes believes attacking reinforcements are required at Old Trafford, as well as a centre-half and a right-back.
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United have many underperforming internationals on their books, earning lots of money they wouldn’t get elsewhere, so the club will find it difficult to pull off a complete clear out of deadwood.
Alexis Sanchez has been a disaster since joining United last January, Anthony Martial has been lazy again, Marcus Rashford could find himself at a career crossroad if he doesn’t kick on and become a consistent goalscorer and Romelu Lukaku is being linked with a move to Italy.
Scholes told Premier League Productions, as quoted by Goal: “I think it’s a confusing club and a confusing squad of players at the minute.
“I always think at Man Utd and at big clubs, you’re only as good as your centre-forwards are and your attacking players. I’m not sure whether these attacking players are good enough.
“We talk about potential with Martial, Rashford, but you’re getting to a point now where it’s not potential, you have to start producing week in, week out.
“Lukaku, I’m not sure if he’s a top-class centre-forward that’s going to score you 30 goals to win you a league. There’s confusion with the forwards.
“When I played we had four centre-forwards, who were brilliant, and they were centre-forwards.
“You look now and you’ve got Lukaku, who’s definitely a centre-forward, but then you’ve got Martial, Rashford, Sanchez. Are they centre-forwards? Are they wide players?
“There’s confusion all over the pitch. A lack of identity.
“If [Victor] Lindelof can get a tough and aggressive defender next to him, I think they’ll be okay.
“They definitely need a right-back. Ashley Young has done well, converted from a winger. He’s struggled in the last few weeks but mainly he’s been alright over the last few years.”
Out of the four attackers mention, two are likely to leave this summer.
United will cash in on Sanchez if they find a buyer and it doesn’t look like Lukaku will wait around unless Champions League qualification is secured.
The question is what attacking players should United target this summer?