​​Manchester United, in their desperation, have turned to former Premier League strikers Odion Ighalo and Islam Slimani in an attempt to shore up their striking options.

​Sky Sports reports that Ighalo, 30, and Slimani, 31, could be procured in a loan deal to help the team in Marcus Rashford's absence. The Nigerian striker who played for Watford in the Premier League, currently plies his trade at Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.

Slimani, meanwhile, has been loaned out to Ligue 1 side Monaco from Leicester. He has enjoyed a fruitful 2019/20 season so far, scoring 7 goals and assisting another 7 in just 14 appearances.

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The void left by Romelu Lukaku's departure wasn't filled in the summer and there is an acknowledgement at United that Marcus Rashford and ​Paul Pogba's injuries have laid bare their attacking woes.

Manchester United's transfer dealings have been slow and painful with the move for top target Bruno Fernandes still at an impasse following disagreement between the two clubs over the fee.

United have also, reportedly, submitted a £30 million offer for 16-year-old teenage sensation Jude Bellingham but it is understood that his recruitment will cater to the long term. 

The report suggests Lyon forward Moussa Dembele is also of transfer interest to the club with there a possibility that United move forward his potential recruitment to January from their initially planned summer move.