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-sc

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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.

 Paul Scholes believes Manchester United have not replaced Romelu Lukaku 
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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.”

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.

Mason Greenwood set for second senior Man Utd start in Europa League against Astana as Solskjaer looks to bed more youngsters

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Scholes blasts Man Utd for ‘mistake’ in failing to sign a replacement for Lukaku

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails Norwegian sensation Erling Braut Haaland after Champions League hat-trick heroics

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has hailed the stunning Champions League display of teenage Norwegian prodigy Erling Haaland.

The 19-year-old struck a devastating hat-trick as he helped fire RB Salzburg to a 6-0 thrashing of Genk on Tuesday night.

 Erling Halland struck a hat-trick for RB Slazburg to impress Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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And Manchester United boss Solskjaer was a more than interested observer - having been in charge of the forward when he worked with him at Molde.

Haaland's treble means he has started the season by scoring 14 goals in just ten matches, leading to a host of big clubs across Europe taking note.

And Solskjaer already has an inside track on the son of former Leeds and Manchester City star Alf-Inge Haaland.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of United's Europa League clash with Astana, Solskjaer said: "It was nice watching the game last night. But my focus obviously is on the game tomorrow.

"It's great watching him and I think everyone in Norway is excited by his development."

United are unsurprisingly one of the clubs who have been linked with signing the young prospect, although Haaland himself grew up a die-hard Leeds fan because of his dad.

The Old Trafford club were actually rumoured to be watching him over a year ago, when Solskjaer was managing him at Molde.

And though he refused to discuss any interest today, when he was Molde boss he was also quizzed on a United move.

At the time he said: "He is probably not the world’s biggest Manchester United fan.

ERLING HAALAND WATCHED BY 50 SCOUTS - BUT SOLSKJAER IS ALREADY ONE STEP AHEAD

"But if they come to the door, there are not many who say no to that."

Salzburg know they have a highly-prized asset on their hands and believe they are the ideal club for him to develop as a player.

But if he continues his impressive form, and with agent Mino Raiola already snapping him up, the links with some of the game's biggest clubs are sure to come.

 Solskjaer managed Haaland while he was in charge of Norwegian side Molde
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Mason Greenwood set for second senior Man Utd start in Europa League against Astana as Solskjaer looks to bed more youngsters

Inter Milan eyeing January transfer swoop for Chelsea striker Giroud as back-up for Lukaku after ex-Man Utd ace flops in Champions League

CHELSEA striker Olivier Giroud is a reported January target for Inter Milan as a back-up for Romelu Lukaku at the San Siro.

The Blues forward has started just one Premier League match this season, with Frank Lampard preferring academy graduate Tammy Abraham to lead the line.

 Inter Milan are reportedly weighing up a move for Olivier Giroud in January
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Lukaku has impressed in Serie A since joining from Manchester United - netting twice in three top-flight appearances.

But he was guilty of a below-par performance in the 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Gazzetta Dello Sport naming him as the worst player on the pitch.

As a result, Calciomercato have claimed that the Nerazzurri are already reassessing their options up top with four players being considered by the Italian giants.

They could look to lure Kevin Lasagna and Andrea Petagna away from Udinese and SPAL respectively, but the report states that it will be difficult to land either player.

Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic - signed from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer - could be the subject of a loan bid.

While Inter are also weighing up a move for World Cup winner Giroud - who could be tempted to leave West London should he continue to play second fiddle to Abraham.

Giroud is seen as a cheap option for the 2010 Champions League winners with the 32-year-old available on a free transfer in the summer.

Should the former Arsenal star make the move to join Inter, he will link up with Antonio Conte once again - with the Italian signing him for Chelsea from the Gunners in January 2018.

Giroud has already warned boss Lampard that he is not happy about his role in the Blues squad.

And he admitted earlier this month that he would be open to playing in the MLS.

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