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Paul Scholes questions three Manchester United players

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The Manchester United legend has opened up on a problem area that his old club should resolve this summer.

Paul Scholes has urged Manchester United to sign a new center-forward in the summer amid growing doubts over Edinson Cavani’s future.

The Red Devils icon doubts Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Mason Greenwood can fill the void as a no.9 should Cavani leave Old Trafford.

The 34-year-old, who scored the opening goal in United’s 2-0 Europa League win over Granada on Thursday, has been linked with a transfer to Argentinean side Boca Juniors.

And Scholes, speaking shortly before the Granada win, believes signing a replacement is a must.

On if Rashford, Martial, and Greenwood are not up to filling in as a central attacker, Scholes told BT Sport: “I think so.

“Champions League, perhaps, but it’s more the Premier League they’re looking for at this moment in time.

“They haven’t really challenged for it for a few years now. OK, they’re second this season but they still look a little way off Manchester City.

“What do they have to do next season? I think a center-forward is the priority.

“I think they have got very good forwards, but is one of them a center forward? If you take Cavani out of it, is one of them a real center forward?

“Is Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial a real center forward? They look better to me in wide areas.”

Cavani has scored nine goals in 30 appearances across all competitions this season. The former Paris Saint-Germain star, however, hasn’t always made the line-up.

“Cavani we know, with his great experience, but again I think Manchester United have had around 50 games this year and he’s only started 15 games,” Scholes pointed out.

“That’s not a lot to rely on a center-forward.

“He’s a brilliant center-forward, his goal-scoring record is amazing.

“Can they keep him for another year and maybe delay it (the decision to sign a striker) for another year? Maybe.

“But eventually they’re going to have to try to sign a top-class center-forward.”