Just last month, Manchester United legend Paul Scholes was adamant that his old team had no natural centre forwards.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to add Edinson Cavani during the summer window, despite the fact that Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial enjoyed a prolific season in front of goal last term.
Greenwood netted 17 times in his maiden season, with Solskjaer deploying him on the right-side of United’s attacking trio.
But Scholes claimed that none of the forwards at Solskajer’s disposal had the ability to be a long-term solution through the middle.
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“These forwards are exceptionally talented lads. We all know that,” he told Stadium Astro. “The problem with United’s forwards is that none of them is an actual centre-forward.
”Martial almost conned us into thinking he was one at the end of last season because he scored so many goals and was quite good. ‘He’s started this season quite poorly again, which makes you think he isn’t. It’s misleading.
“That’s why I’ve kept saying we need a top-class No. 9.”
However, prior to Greenwood scoring his first Champions League goal during the clash with RB Leipzig, Scholes was forced to concede that the 19-year-old could be the answer.
Fellow Red Devils hero Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport that he saw Greenwood as a No.9, hailing his progression from the development squads at Carrington.
“I think eventually he’ll be a centre forward,” Ferdinand said. “Definite No.9. A great player. I think he has great talent, can hit the ball off both feet equally.
“He’s scoring goals like he scored them in youth team. it’s step in terms of quality level, stadiums etc, but he’s doing what we have seen him do for years and years. He’s a player of absolute, huge potential. I think he’s going to go right to the top.”
Asked about Ferdinand’s assessment, Scholes added: “Yeah he excites me, very much so.
“I think he’s the best finisher out of the three as well. Left foot, right foot, he can score goals from anywhere.”
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