Man Utd urged to abandon Jadon Sancho interest to sign one of two players next summer

Manchester United have been urged to abandon their interest in Jadon Sancho by Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes. The Premier League giants failed in their pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund winger in the transfer window – and Scholes has told his former club to concentrate on two other targets instead next summer.

United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has come in for some criticism after failing to deliver Sancho, who was manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top target ahead of the new season.

Dortmund refused to budge from their £108million vaulation of the 20-year-old England star, and the Red Devils went into transfer deadline day having signed only player all summer, following Donny van de Beek’s £40m move from Ajax.

Striker Edinson Cavani, left-back Alex Telles, and 18-year-old wingers Facundo Pellestri and Amad Diallo all joined United on the final day of the window, but the failure to land Sancho has a left a lingering frustration among fans.

Scholes feels Solskjaer hasn’t been properly backed in the transfer market after the manager guided United back into the Champions League courtesy of a late surge into third place last season.

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But the former midfielder feels Sancho was the wrong target in any case.

Scholes told Stadium Astro that United need to sign either Tottenham star Harry Kane or Dortmund striker Erling Haaland – who Solskjaer wanted in January.

While Cavani has proven scoring pedigree, having fired 341 club goals for Paris-Saint Germain, Napoli and Palermo, the Uruguay international is now 33 – and Solskjaer’s side need a striker who can lead the line for years to come.

And Scholes says United’s hierarchy should have shown more faith in the manager’s judgement and secured Haaland in January, rather than making the same mistakes that have plagued the club since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

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“I don’t think he’s the first one who’s not been backed,” said Scholes, whose huge United trophy haul includes 11 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and the Club World Cup.

“There’s been a lot of money spent, but has it been spent on the first choices which these managers want? I’m not too sure.”

Scholes said Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho were similarly frustrated in the pursuit of their transfer targets while in the Old Trafford hotseat.

“I think Van Gaal and Mourinho especially had a bit of a moan about that, and it’s understandable when they’re not getting the players they want,” said the former England ace.

“I think Ole’s been supported a little bit – Maguire at £80million is a lot of money, and Bruno Fernandes is an excellent signing.”

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Fernandes was an instant hit, with his arrival at Old Trafford helping to spark a long unbeaten run which eventually secured United’s return to Europe’s top club competition.

And Scholes said that success should have been rewarded with Solskjaer given the players he needed to turn his side back into genuine title contenders.

“United’s form was good – especially Fernandes coming in in January, you felt that the team was going places,” said Scholes.

“You felt at the end of that season that he would have been given more support in the transfer market to go on again to that next level.

“He’s not been given that. It’s quite clear the players that he wanted have not come.”

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