Paul Scholes has warned Manchester United that they must sign a natural goal-scorer when the transfer window opens in January.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spent much of the summer chasing a wide-forward player, with Jadon Sancho at the top of his wishlist.
United failed to get close to Borussia Dortmund’s £108million valuation of the England forward, but could go back in for him in the January window.
But Scholes believes United need a centre-forward, despite Anthony Martial scoring 17 Premier League goals from that position last season.
“These forwards are exceptionally talented lads. We all know that,” Scholes told Stadium Astro. “The problem with United’s forwards is that none of them is an actual centre-forward.
‘”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.
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“That’s why I’ve kept saying we need a top-class No. 9.”
United did sign former PSG striker Edinson Cavani on deadline day to provide competition to Martial. But the United legend feels that Cavani's advancing years means he is unlikely to be a long-term answer.
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"Obviously in his day, he’s been a top quality centre-forward," Scholes added. "There’s no doubt about that. But he’s 33 years old, looked like he was going to retire. He’s not played a lot of football for PSG last season.
"Five, six years ago, yeah he’s a great signing, he’ll take us onto that next level possibly. But I just don’t think he’ll take us to the next level now.
"But that’s what Manchester United seems to be now, it seems to be – I think of the forwards we have… Cavani, he should be a loan signing.
"If you’re struggling without a centre-forward it should be a two or three month loan signing just to get through a sticky period."
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