Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes admits that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could live to regret his failure to replace Romelu Lukaku during the summer.

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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has admitted that he is concerned about the club's failure to secure a replacement for Romelu Lukaku during the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils allowed both Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to join Inter Milan in an attempt to trim their squad, but Daniel James was their only attacking signing with bids for the likes of Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic failing to materialise.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has subsequently been left with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and youngster Mason Greenwood as his three central striking options, and Scholes believes that they may be caught short in that area of the field.

"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," Scholes told talkSPORT.

"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."

United have scored in every match so far this season, but have only managed one apiece in their four outings since thrashing Chelsea 4-0 on the opening day.

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Paul Scholes: 'Manchester United not replacing Romelu Lukaku is a mistake'

Callum Hudson-Odoi signs new five-year deal with Chelsea

Callum Hudson-Odoi has signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea.

The 18-year-old, who is now committed to the club until at least 2024 having previously been a target for Bayern Munich, seized his chance last season and made 24 first-team appearances.

Hudson-Odoi told Chelsea's official website: "It's an amazing feeling. It's been a long wait but it's done now and I'm really happy about that."

Hudson-Odoi's emergence also saw him become Chelsea's youngest England international when he was capped for the Euro 2020 win over the Czech Republic.

He added: "I've been a Chelsea player since the age of eight and this is the right club for me to be at.

"I want to lift as many trophies as possible, win as many games as possible and contribute to as many goals I can as well."

"As a team, we just want to work hard to achieve the best results we can. I'm delighted everything has been agreed and now I'm just looking forward to properly getting back."

Hudson-Odoi, currently close to a return from an Achilles injury, has risen through the ranks at Chelsea since he first joined the club on schoolboy terms.

He scored in the finals of two consecutive FA Youth Cup triumphs, and went on to star in the World Cup-winning England Under-17 side.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: "Callum showed last season just what a thrilling talent he is.

"We are delighted he has committed to Chelsea and we are all excited about the prospect of seeing him continue to blossom in the years ahead."

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Dimitar Berbatov announces retirement, aged 38

Dimitar Berbatov has announced his retirement with a colourful statement, saying: "I will f****** miss it".

The Bulgarian striker played for Tottenham, Manchester United and Fulham in the Premier League, scoring 94 goals in 229 appearances in the English top flight.

Berbatov had been without a club since leaving Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters last year, meaning his retirement was expected.

The 38-year-old uploaded a video of his overhead kick while playing for United in a 3-2 win over Liverpool nine years ago to Instagram, before posting a longer statement.

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On this special day today, / if you don't know why, check the story 😁/ i decide to share this with you, which i was preparing to post a while ago, but didn't... I don't know why... I know some of you already thought that i retired, and now maybe you are like WTF Berbs we know that you don't play, but i did try to find something last year.. Didn't happened 😂🤦🏻‍♂ So, someone told me i need to say something, and seeing that people where asking me, especially back home, i need to give a farewell message! So, here it is! My last game was more then one year ago, so i think its the right time now to stop and its long overdue! Although when i think about it, its never The End, because i will stay in the game in one way or another, the time has come to say that after almost 20 years playing football i am stoping with my proffesional ACTIVE football career! I will miss it! I will fucking miss it! Everything! The games, trainings, the goals, preparations, the presure, my teammates... the roar of the fans when i scored another banger 😂😎 I was blessed and work hard to have the oportunity to play with one of the best ever and against some of the best ever! And coming from small country this makes it even more special for me! I had my highs and of course some lows in my career, won my fair share of trophies, score some goals along the way as well! I played the way i wanna play, and i scored the goals i wanted to score! Thank you to all the people who helped me develope, and became the player i always wanted to be! Thank you to all my former teams my teammates and my coaches and staff! It was a pleasure! I know at times i was not easy to work with, but i always gave my everything for the teams i played for! I hope you all have enjoyed my game, and everything i gave to entertain you on the pitch! 👊🏻 Damn it, i will miss all of this, peopleee, because i love football so much... But i am sure you will miss me as well 😁 Thank you! 🙏🏻 DB9

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He said: "My last game was more then one year ago, so i think its the right time now to stop and its long overdue!

"Although when i think about it, its never The End, because i will stay in the game in one way or another, the time has come to say that after almost 20 years playing football i am stooping with my professional ACTIVE football career!

"I will miss it! I will f****** miss it! Everything! The games, trainings, the goals, preparations, the pressure, my teammates... the roar of the fans when i scored another banger.

"I was blessed and work hard to have the opportunity to play with one of the best ever and against some of the best ever!

"And coming from small country this makes it even more special for me! I had my highs and of course some lows in my career, won my fair share of trophies, score some goals along the way as well! I played the way i wanna play, and i scored the goals i wanted to score!

Berbatov was a hit at Old Trafford
Berbatov was a hit at Old Trafford (Martin Rickett/PA)

"Thank you to all the people who helped me develop, and became the player i always wanted to be!

"Thank you to all my former teams my teammates and my coaches and staff! It was a pleasure! I know at times i was not easy to work with, but i always gave my everything for the teams i played for!"

Berbatov's most successful spell came at United, who he helped to win two Premier League titles, the FIFA Club World Cup and League Cup. His 48 goals for Bulgaria make him his country's joint all-time leading scorer alongside Hristo Bonev.

As well as his eight-year stay in England, Berbatov also played for Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco and PAOK after starting his career with CSKA Sofia. He has also worked as a pundit.

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