Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal brought in six new players to strengthen his squad, but allowed the likes of Robin van Persie, Nani and Javier Hernandez to depart on a permanent basis, while Adnan Januzaj was allowed to join Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund on a season-long loan deal.
The decision to let those strikers leave Old Trafford came back to haunt the Dutchman against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night as his side struggled with the absence of captain Wayne Rooney, who missed the game at the Philips Stadion through injury.
£36million signing Anthony Martial was handed the task of leading the line in Holland but failed to replicate the immediate impact he had against Liverpool last Saturday evening as United crashed to a 2-1 defeat in their Champions League opener.
Scholes, who was working at the game as a pundit for BT Sport, believes van Gaal made too many mistakes in the transfer market and highlighted the lack of goalscoring options as a major problem:
“The one thing I think the United squad is now is it’s short of goals. Short of real, top quality centre-forwards who guarantee you goals,” he said.
“Van Gaal spoke last year about his squad being unbalanced and I think it’s even more unbalanced now without top strikers.”
“I think if we had kept one of them, kept a Van Persie or Hernandez then it looks quite strong. They can score goals, Van Persie and Hernandez can score goals. Martial could be a real threat coming off the bench.”
“I just think that’s a mistake,” Scholes added.
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