PAUL INCE has accused Manchester United of “copying” Liverpool’s transfer model by signing Harry Maguire.
The 51-year-old also claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has mimicked Jurgen Klopp’s decision to play with three “pacey” forwards.
Manchester United forked out a world-record fee of £85million to sign Maguire from Leicester earlier this month.
The England international has already proved his potential with a man of the match performance against Chelsea.
But former United star Ince has hinted that Solskjaer signed Maguire after watching Virgil van Dijk’s success at Anfield.
He told Paddy Power: “I look at United and I feel they’re almost copying a Liverpool model.
“They got Virgil van Dijk in and United got Harry Maguire in, and it seems they’ve gone for three forward too.
“Pacey players like [Anthony] Martial, [Jesse] Lingard and [Marcus] Rashford.
“I don’t see where Lukaku fits into that, so I’m not surprised Ole let him go.
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“But that does put extra pressure on the younger lads to find the net.
“The fact is, Lukaku is a goalscorer, he’s always been a natural goalscorer but the ball has to be placed right in front of him.”
Lukaku struggled to live up to expectations at Old Trafford, but found the net four times on his Inter Milan debut.