PAUL SCHOLES has urged Manchester United to replace Cristiano Ronaldo with either Cody Gakpo or Christopher Nkunku.

The Portuguese striker’s shamed exit from the club has meant that the Red Devils could look to sign an attacking player to replace him.

Paul Scholes hopes Manchester United will replace Cristiano Ronaldo

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Paul Scholes hopes Manchester United will replace Cristiano RonaldoCredit: Getty
Christopher Nkunku appears to be close to joining Chelsea

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Christopher Nkunku appears to be close to joining ChelseaCredit: Getty
Cody Gakpo could be a good option for the Red Devils

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Cody Gakpo could be a good option for the Red DevilsCredit: Getty

It would remain to be seen whether Erik ten Hag makes the decision to sign a new attacker in the summer or even the January transfer window.

Another option the manager would have would be to play England star Marcus Rashford as a centre-forward instead of on the wing in order to fill the hole left by Ronaldo.

However, club legend Scholes feels that signing a new striker should be a priority because the attacker is best on the wing.

Speaking on MUTV’s The Debate, Scholes said: “I think there’s a couple of forwards they might look at.

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“The kid at RB Leipzig that’s been linked with Chelsea, Nkunku.

“Centre forward is obviously the big position that needs filling.

“We have Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford who can both play there, but I think Marcus prefers being out wide and Antony’s injury record isn’t great.

“January might be too soon [to replace Ronaldo], they’re probably looking at next summer now, but I do think there are players out there.”

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As Scholes highlighted, Chelsea are in the running for Nkunku and by all accounts, a deal is pretty much agreed for him to make the move to Stamford Bridge.

But the retired midfielder thinks that Gakpo would be another option for the club to consider after his performances at the World Cup.

He added: “The lad at PSV – Gakpo – is doing really well for the Netherlands at the World Cup, and I think Ten Hag has been really interested in him before.

“There are players out there for sure.

“January can be a tough window to do business but I hope we can do something and bring in a new centre forward.”

United, however, have also been linked to Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix, who could be available for £86million after a falling out with manager Diego Simeone.



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