Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has been left unimpressed by striker Anthony Martial’s ability to lead the Reds’ attacking line after the former midfielder admitted his old side do not have an outright centre forward.
Scholes, now retired, is written in United folklore after a loyal 20-year long career with the Reds saw the Englishman feature in 499 matches in all competitions and be directly involved in over 100 goals under legend boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, now well outside of the game, Scholes has turned his attentions to punditry and has weighed in on the argument of whether or not current number-nine Martial is up to the Red Devils’ required standards to be their first-choice striker.
If anybody knows about what it takes to bag goals and lift the sport’s most illustrious trophies, it’s Scholes.
The Premier League great won a monumental 25 trophies during his two decades at Old Trafford including a staggering 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
Having played alongside the likes of Eric Cantona, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney, Scholes has spoken about his former side’s current marksman who he believes is too inconsistent to become a United goalscoring great.
“Martial almost conned us into thinking he was one at the end of last season because he scored so many goals and was quite good.
“He’s started this season quite poorly again, which makes you think he isn’t. It’s misleading. That’s why I’ve kept saying we need a top-class No. 9.”
United were able to add former Paris-Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani to their squad on deadline day (confirmed by ManUtd.com) but with the South American approaching 34-years-old, if Scholes’ recent comments are to be echoed by the United hierarchy, it won’t be long until the Reds are back in the market for a centre-forward.
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