Paul Scholes baffled by Louis van Gaal's decision to sell strikers

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has voiced concerns over Louis van Gaal's decision to let Dutchman Robin van Persie and fan favourite Javier Hernandez leave this summer.

The Red Devils have somewhat struggled in front of goal this season, even despite their 3-1 win over Liverpool last weekend, with the issue made even more apparent during Tuesday's Champions League defeat against PSV Eindhoven.

Van Gaal didn't have a single recognised striker on the bench, with make-shift striker Marouane Fellaini their best option.


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United captain Wayne Rooney was out-of-action after suffering a hamstring injury in training, though the striker is expected to return and start against Southampton on Sunday.

As a result of the lack of striking options, the 40-year-old Scholes did not hesitate to insist that Van Gaal has made a mistake in assembling a team with just the misfiring Rooney and inexperienced Anthony Martial and James Wilson as their striking options.

The United veteran said on BT Sport, as per the Independent: "They've let three or four strikers go. Now, I think if we had kept one of them, kept a Van Persie or Hernandez then it looks quite strong.

"Van Gaal said last summer the squad was unbalanced. I think it's more unbalanced now. 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."

The aforementioned Martial scored on his debut against Liverpool last weekend, prompting hope that he will live up to his large potential, though it remains to be seen whether the trio of Martial, Rooney and Wilson can carry the goalscoring mantle at United, with a January transfer by no means unlikely.

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