Paul Scholes has labelled Manchester United as a ‘confusing club and a confusing squad’.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are currently enduring a torrid run of form, having lost seven of their past 10 fixtures in all competitions.
That run has seen both their FA Cup and Champions League hopes ended, whilst Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea leaves the club facing a huge task to secure a top four finish.
Former United midfielder Scholes, who won 11 league titles at Old Trafford, believes the current squad is ‘confusing’ and has questioned whether the attacking players are good enough to compete at the highest level.
“I think it’s a confusing club and a confusing squad of players at the minute,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.
“I always think at Manchester United and at big clubs, you’re only as good as your centre forwards are and your attacking players. I’m not sure whether these attacking players are good enough.
“We talk about potential with [Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford, but you’re getting to a point now where it’s not potential, you have to start producing week in, week out.”
Scholes also questioned whether forward Romelu Lukaku is a ‘top class centre forward’, with the Belgian international having struggled of late.
The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to Italy in recent weeks having fallen out-of-favour under Solskjaer, and Scholes has doubted whether the £75m signing can score the goals to win a title.
“Lukaku. I’m not sure if he’s a top class centre forward that’s going to score you 30 goals to win you a league,” Scholes added. “There’s confusion with the forwards.
“When I played we had four centre-forwards, who were brilliant, and they were centre forwards. You look now and you’ve got Lukaku, who’s definitely a centre-forward, but then you’ve got Martial, Rashford, [Alexis] Sanchez. Are they centre-forwards? Are they wide players?
“There’s confusion all over the pitch. A lack of identity.”
Scholes believes Solskjaer should also be targeting defensive reinforcements during the summer transfer window, with a centre-back and right-back a priority.
Whilst Victor Lindelof has improved this season, doubts persist over the likes of Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones and Scholes believes a ‘tough and aggressive’ defender is required in the summer window, along with a replacement for the ageing Ashley Young.
“If [Victor] Lindelof can get a tough and aggressive defender next to him, I think they’ll be okay,” he added.
“They definitely need a right back. Ashley Young has done well, converted from a winger. He’s struggled in the last few weeks but mainly he’s been alright over the last few years.”