Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says that Manchester United broke one of the golden rules of the transfer window – and are now being made to pay.
United's sale of Romelu Lukaku, without bringing in a direct replacement, as been hammered by the former striker, who has also taken aim at their signing of Odion Ighalo.
Hasselbaink claims that it is "embarrassing" for United to be plucking players from China.
Bruno Fernandes is United's top goalscorer in the Premier League this season with five goals. Marcus Rashford has two. No other player has scored more than one.
"Man United have made big, big mistakes," said Hasselbaink, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leeds v Arsenal.
"Look at their striker situation. They let Romelu Lukaku go – he's playing brilliantly for Inter Milan and Belgium at the moment – why isn't he doing that for United?
"OK, you don't fancy him. But the rule – and every manager knows this – is that you cannot let a striker go if you don't have another striker replacing him.
"If you don't have another striker on your books – even if you don't fancy the striker you have but you know he's going to get you 15 goals a year – you keep the one you do have until you can bring a replacement in.
"United have dealt with that situation so badly. They haven't been able to replace him, but they've let him go. How can you do that?
"I don't know if Solskjaer has made that call, or whoever, but when you make it, you need to have a replacement ready.
"Marcus Rashford is not an out-and-out striker. Anthony Martial is not a striker; he's a wide player. He wants to play as a striker but he's not going to get you 20-25 goals a season.
"Then they go and get someone from China to come and sit on the bench. That is embarrassing for Manchester United.
"Nothing against Odion Ighalo, but Man United shouldn't have to bring players out of China.
"Then they have to get an old player – who is still fit – in Edinson Cavani who has to come in and do the business.
"You never used to see that kind of thing happen at United."
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