Paul Scholes has reiterated the need for Manchester United to sign a midfielder, as well as strengthening in attack.
The Reds have been left short in midfield options following recent departures of Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini.
Fred’s performance in his first start of the season in the 1-0 Europa League victory over Astana last night will provide some encouragement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the central midfield area should still be addressed in January.
United are lacking a creative spark in midfield, but Scholes believes a player that can dictate the game should be prioritised.
“I think they need a player who can control a game. Michael Carrick was magnificent at doing that,” the United legend told 5 Live as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
“They have some talented midfield players in there now. “I think [Scott] McTominay has done really well this season.
“And Pogba we all know on his day can be sensational and probably one of the best in the world in that position, but we just need to see it more often, we need to make sure he wants to stay at the club to get that out of him. But I think Ole will be looking, he’ll be trying.”
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Scholes also thinks United need to bolster their attacking options; two proven stars in Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku were let go this summer and not replaced leaving Solskjaer relying on his youngsters to deliver in front of goal this season.
“I’d be more worried about the centre-forward position, I know we spoke about Mason Greenwood coming through,” he added.
“We have Marcus and Martial – are they centre-forwards or are they wingers? We’re not quite sure.
“I always think United, going back to when they were challenging for titles, they had four brilliant centre-forwards and I think that’s something that’s missing at this minute in time.”
Solskjaer still has a huge rebuild on his hands and the two areas indented by Scholes should certainly prioritised in the coming transfer windows.
Despite the Norwegian’s team selection in yesterday’s 1-0 Europa League victory over Astana looking exciting for fans, it also evidenced the lack of squad depth there is at the club.
Mason Greenwood’s fantastic finish proved the difference between the two sides, in what should have been a comfortable night for the Reds.