Liverpool legend Alan Hansen says Sir Alex Ferguson must find a replacement for Manchester United veteran Paul Scholes.

Hansen wrote in the Telegraph: "United haven't brought in a midfielder who you would say is at the top of the tree. They need a player like Paul Scholes of 15 years ago, somebody capable of scoring goals and dominating games, but those players are obviously thin on the ground.

"If you took Yaya Toure of the City team and put him into the United squad, you would then say that United, and not City, would be favourites to win the title.

"But as things stand, Roberto Mancini's team still have the edge, even though they have missed a real opportunity this summer to blow everybody else away and flatten the likes of United by making two or three really big signings."