Owen Hargreaves has insisted Manchester United need to target ‘quality over quantity’ as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aims to assemble a squad that can challenge for domestic superiority again.
United finally seem to be heading in the right direction under Solskjaer’s stewardship, with each of his five signings making positive impressions at the club.
Solskjaer has continued to reiterate the importance of patience in his rebuild after inheriting a well below-par squad following years of poor recruitment.
The Reds are currently unbeaten in 11 games, in which they have kept nine clean sheets.
There is a quiet optimism building amongst supporters, but also an understanding that the next transfer window is hugely important in progressing and accelerating Solskjaer’s rebuild.
United need a proven striker to provide competition for Anthony Martial, regardless of the outcome of Odion Ighalo’s fruitful loan spell.
A natural right-sided winger is also a necessity to provide some balance on the right-flank if Solskjaer is to continue operating with wide-men.
Former United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has named three signings that, in an idealistic world, could help United return to competing for the title again.
“It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality,” the pundit Premier League productions, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
“If you can have a Jadon Sancho – they need a right winger – Sancho playing off the right would make a huge difference.
“[Jude] Bellingham is 16 or 17, he’s going to be a super player but you need someone right now.
“I think they need an Ndidi type, a defensive sitter. If you have [Paul] Pogba and [Bruno] Fernandes then I think you need a defensive one there.
“I think they also need a left-sided centre-back.
“They have [Victor] Lindelof, [Harry] Maguire, [Eric] Bailly but a left-sided centre-back would make a big difference.
“Harry Kane is the dream but they don’t desperately need him.”
Sancho has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer and would be absolutely perfect on the right-wing.
Wilfried Ndidi is one of the league’s most underrated players and would upgrade United’s midfield allowing Fernandes to express himself even more. But surely other areas of the pitch are of more primary concern with Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic performing well.
The signing of Harry Kane, meanwhile, seems very unrealistic, but he is the kind of prolific goalscorer the club should be targeting this summer.