PAUL SCHOLES believes Manchester United made a mistake in failing to sign a replacement striker for the departed Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian left Old Trafford for Inter Milan in the summer leaving Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to shoulder the goal-scoring burden for the Red Devils.
But both have already faced criticisms that they are natural strikers in the mould of Lukaku, 26, and are better suited to playing out wide.
And Martial's recent injury has left Ole Gunnar Solksjaer little option but to promote youngster Mason Greenwood to the first-team act as cover.
This has left United legend Scholes worried about his former club's lack of depth upfront, with moves for Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala falling through during the summer window.
He told talkSPORT: “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.”
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Solskjaer has already confirmed that 17-year-old Greenwood will make his second senior start during the club's Europa League opener against Astana on Thursday.
The teenager has come on in each of United’s opening five games this season having impressed in pre-season.
Solskjaer meanwhile is thought to be eyeing a move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson as part of their new transfer strategy to recruit British players.