Manchester United have Erling Haaland transfer plan amid Anthony Martial criticism

Manchester United are still hopeful of signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, according to reports. The Red Devils brought Edinson Cavani to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day but he cannot make his debut this weekend against Newcastle.

The Uruguay star is still quarantining after his arrival as a free agent.

That means Cavani’s first match could be against his former side Paris Saint-Germain next Tuesday in the Champions League.

United legend Paul Scholes thinks his former side are still weak in attack though.

He believes Anthony Martial has ‘conned’ people into thinking he was the solution to be the club’s main No. 9 last season.

Scholes told Stadium Astro: “These forwards are exceptionally talented lads, we all know that.

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“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. That’s why I’ve kept saying we need a top-class No. 9.”

United have previously been linked with a move for Dortmund ace Haaland when he made the switch to the Bundesliga club.

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Now, The Athletic on their Talk of the Devils podcast claim Solskjaer has not given up on signing the 20-year-old.

They claim no bridges have been burned with Dortmund despite their attempts to complete a deal for Jadon Sancho this summer.

Scholes also thinks Haaland would be a good addtion who could reach the levels of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I think Haaland is sensational,” Scholes said.

“I think he’ll be up there with your Ronaldo’s and Messi’s levels possibly from what I’ve seen so far.

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“That’s why I just never felt Sancho was the right type of player because we’ve got three of that type of player already.

“To spend £100m or whatever, I didn’t think it was right. I wasn’t that disappointed.

“Look, he’s a brilliant player and he’ll probably improve any team but I just didn’t think there was the need for him this year.”

United return to action against Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday (3pm).

Solskjaer’s side will be looking to bounce back from their 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham before the international break.

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