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Speaking to talkSPORT, Paul Scholes has admitted Manchester United have made a “mistake” in choosing not to replace Romelu Lukaku this summer.
The Belgium international was at the centre of a protracted transfer saga, with Serie A giants Inter battling with rivals Juventus for his signature.
In the end, the Nerazzurri sealed a big-money deal for Lukaku on dead-line day, and United opted not to sign a replacement forward.
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Now, Scholes has revealed the club have made a “mistake” with their transfer policy, and questioned the massive amount of faith being placed on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
He said: “That’s the one thing that disappoints me. He (Solskjaer) obviously knew they were going to sell Lukaku at some point, but not to have a centre-forward lined up seems like a mistake to me.
“Whether they did, whether it dragged on too long from the club’s point of view, I don’t know. They’re going into a season without a centre-forward when it’s a club that is known for its attacking style and had probably four centre-forwards in its heyday. So to go in there with Rashford and Martial, who you’re not quite sure if they’re left wingers or centre-forwards, we don’t know. But I’m sure it’ll get sorted.”
For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to head into the current campaign with a trio of forwards who have an average age of just over 20 years old is a major risk. The Norwegian can proudly sit back and point to his public trust in youth, but it does feel like the United boss is gambling with the club’s season this year.
An immediate return to the riches of the Champions League is absolutely necessary for the Red Devils to land some of their ambitious transfer targets for next summer, like Jadon Sancho.
Relying on Rashford, Martial and Mason Greenwood to fire them towards that achievement is asking an awful lot indeed.