Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been urged to turn his attention to bringing one of two strikers to Manchester United in the wake of their failure to sign Jadon Sancho.
The United boss has endured a frustrating summer after claiming in April the club were ready to “exploit” the market.
Speaking earlier this month, he said: “I think my wording in lockdown ‘exploit’ was a bad word by me, I didn’t mean in that respect.”
Still United did draw praise after snaring Donny van der Beek in September, but the pursuit of Sancho turned into a farce.
According to ESPN, the 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund ace remains at the forefront of his thinking.
That’s despite Dortmund sticking rigidly to their £108m asking price and despite claims United’s actions irked Dortmund.
However, Paul Scholes believes the failure to land Sancho could prove a blessing in disguise. He felt the club-record fee needed to sign the England winger would have been better spent elsewhere.
As such, he has told Malaysian outlet Stadium Astro that Harry Kane or Erling Haaland should instead be pursued.
Furthermore, Scholes has blasted club chiefs for failing to put their money where their mouth on transfers.
“There’s been a lot of money spent, but has it been spent on the manager’s first choices?” Scholes tells me he wants Kane or Haaland, forget Sancho, he’s not the position they need. We also chatted a lot about defenders for @stadiumastro #scholes #ManchesterUnited pic.twitter.com/PAH6bbGnFj
— Alison Bender (@alibendertv) October 9, 2020
“There’s been a lot of money spent but has it been spent on the first choices these managers want? I’m not too sure.
“I think [Louis] van Gaal and [Jose] Mourinho especially had a moan about that. It’s understandable when they aren’t getting the players they want.
“I think Ole’s been supported. I think Maguire at £80million is a lot of money. Fernandes just in January has been an excellent signing and the form was good especially coming from Fernandes in January time you felt that this team was going places.”
Scholes talks of Solskjaer support
In order to make a difference, Scholes has urged the United board to further back Solskjaer.
Scholes added: “Towards the end of the season it’s a lot easier to win games. It’s a lot easier to go on a run when the pressure’s not really on.
“Okay, you can talk about pressure to get in the top four but that’s not the pressure United want. United want to be winning leagues.
“You felt at the end of last season he would have got more support in the transfer market to go on again to that next level. But he’s not been given that.
“It’s quite clear the players he wanted have not come.”