Scholes takes aim at Lukaku; reveals two Man Utd weak points

Date published: Wednesday 1st May 2019 12:02

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Manchester United great Paul Scholes has highlighted the main areas the club needs to strengthen this summer and also had a slight dig at Romelu Lukaku. 

With the Red Devils currently occupying sixth spot in the Premier League and looking increasingly unlikely to qualify for the Champions League, a major overhaul is expected at Old Trafford once the summer transfer window opens.

The signing of at least one new centre-back is believed to be one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s main priorities, but Scholes believes his former club also needs a new right-back and central striker.

“I think it’s a confusing club and a confusing squad of players at the minute,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.

“I always think at Manchester United and at big clubs, you’re only as good as your centre forwards are and your attacking players. I’m not sure whether these attacking players are good enough.

“We talk about potential with [Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford, but you’re getting to a point now where it’s not potential, you have to start producing week in, week out.”

Belgium forward Lukaku, who is being tipped to move to Italy this summer, struggled again to his best form in last weekend’s draw with Chelsea – and it’s fair to say that Scholes is not that impressed.

Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United

He added: “Lukaku. I’m not sure if he’s a top class centre forward that’s going to score you 30 goals to win you a league.

“There’s confusion with the forwards. When I played we had four centre-forwards, who were brilliant, and they were centre forwards. You look now and you’ve got Lukaku, who’s definitely a centre-forward, but then you’ve got Martial, Rashford, [Alexis] Sanchez. Are they centre-forwards? Are they wide players?

“There’s confusion all over the pitch. A lack of identity.”

It is no secret that United are looking at new defensive recruits, and Scholes went on to add that the Red Devils need to bring in at least two new defenders to improve their chances of returning to their former glories next season.

United also need to strengthen at the back and Scholes believes two defenders are a must when the transfer window opens on May 16.

“If [Victor] Lindelof can get a tough and aggressive defender next to him, I think they’ll be okay,” he added.

“They definitely need a right back. Ashley Young has done well, converted from a winger. He’s struggled in the last few weeks but mainly he’s been alright over the last few years.”


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