Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spent much of the summer chasing a striker with Jadon Sancho high on his wish list.
United couldn’t get close to Borussia Dortmund’s £ 108m valuation of the English striker but were able to return for him in the January window.
But Scholes believe United need a center-forward despite Anthony Martial scoring 17 Premier League goals last season.
“These strikers are exceptionally talented guys. We all know that, ”Scholes told Stadium Astro. “The problem with United strikers is that none of them are truly center forward.
“Martial almost made us believe he was one at the end of last season because he scored so many goals and was pretty good. “He’s got off to a bad start this season again, which makes you think it’s not him. It’s misleading.
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“That’s why I kept saying we need a first-class number 9.”
United signed former PSG striker Edinson Cavani on the deadline to enable Martial to compete. However, United Legend believes that Cavanis’ advancing years mean that he is unlikely to be a long-term answer.
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“Obviously he was a top center forward in his day,” added Scholes. “There is no doubt about that. But he’s 33 years old and looked like he’s about to retire. He didn’t play much football for PSG last season.
“Five, six years ago, yeah, he’s a great addition, he’ll possibly take us to the next level. But I just don’t think he’s going to take us to the next level now.
“But that’s what Manchester United seem to be now, it seems – I think of the strikers we have … Cavani, he should be a loan signer.
“If you’re struggling without a center-forward, it should be a two- or three-month loan signing to get you through a rough patch.”
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