Rene Meulensteen tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to replace star Man Utd forward

Former Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should replace Anthony Martial with a striker of Robert Lewandowski’s calibre.

The Frenchman was moved into the No.9 position after the club sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan last summer.

Martial has had success in the role, with his hat-trick in the 3-0 win against Sheffield United last week taking his tally to 14 Premier League goals for the season.

However, Solskjaer warned the 24-year-old that he needs to keep improving, as there are many players both inside and outside of the club that would love to wear his No.9 shirt.

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is believed to be the Norwegian boss’ top target in the next transfer window.

But, Sir Alex Ferguson’s former first-team coach Meulensteen believes that United’s missing piece is a world class centre-forward, while Sancho would fill a similar role to the players they already have.

‘They brought [Odion] Ighalo in as a player that could help United in certain times and he’s done actually very, very well,’ Meulensteen told talkSPORT.

‘But, if you look to the other players that have been there, [Marcus] Rashford, Martial, they’re not really out-and-out strikers, [Mason] Greenwood is a young player coming up, same thing there. 

‘So, there’s a lot of chances and goals that can be created coming from the wide areas in, Sancho is exactly the same player. 

‘What I think Manchester United is missing is a striker the calibre of Robert Lewandowksi, somebody that is up there, can hold the line, can link play, but when it comes to finishing chances in and outside of the box, that sort of player, and they are hard to come by. 

‘Is £50 million with Sancho, is that too much? For me, I think you look at what United have in those wide areas, is that where you want to strengthen? 

‘I think they need a player in that area and Sancho would be a good one, but yeah, I don’t know exactly.’

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