Manchester United legend Paul Scholes insists that Antoine Griezmann should be in Jose Mourinho's plans over the course of the next few transfer windows if he has to take the Red Devils to the next level. The Portuguese manager signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic last summer on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain and the Swede has been in brilliant form this season in all competitions.

Griezmann has scored 50 goals in 85 league appearances for Atletico Madrid and would be an ideal acquisition for United who have struggled to find the back of the net over the last couple of seasons. The Frenchman was also the top scorer in the European Championships in France last summer and helped his side progress into the finals of the competition, where they lost to Portugal.

When asked which striker United should go for to remedy their problems up front, Scholes told BT Sport, as quoted by the Mirror, "I think Griezmann would be up there. He looks a top centre forward at Atletico and I think we have to be in the market for someone like that."

United played Marcus Rashford upfront against Arsenal in the absence of Ibrahimovic, who was unavailable owing to suspension, following an accumulation of cards. The striker had picked up his fifth yellow card against Swansea, which ruled him out of the ensuing fixture, where the Red Devils suffered a heartbreak when Olivier Giroud scored with Arsenal's only shot on target to cancel out Juan Mata's goal with only a minute left on the clock.

Antoine Griezmann was the top scorer for France in the Euros Getty

United are currently in sixth spot with 19 points, nine points adrift of league toppers Chelsea, something Mourinho will be desperate to improve on. They are progressing well in Europe, where they have moved into second in their group following their 4-0 win over Feyenoord. The Red Devils are also active in the EFL Cup, where they will face West Ham next week, having beaten arch rivals Manchester City in the last round.