Owen Hargreaves believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should prioritise two rising talents in the Premier League as he aims to address key weakness in his Manchester United squad.
The former United midfielder has urged the club to spend big on West Ham star Declan Rice and Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana in the summer transfer window.
Rice was West Ham’s best player in an albeit unambitious showing from David Moyes’ side at Old Trafford on Sunday as United returned to second in the Premier League table.
The England international, 22, has started every league game for the Hammers this season and has been an integral part of their impressive charge for the European places.
Rice is seen as a good distributor but also disruptor in the middle of park and Hargreaves believes he could be a good option to add in midfield.
“I think Rice’s upside is off the charts. He has the potential to be anything and a lot better… I think he plays within himself at West Ham,” he told Premier League productions, as quote by the Mail.
“People don’t realise how big he is… he’s 6ft 3in, so he looks like a centre back, but he’s actually really good technically.
“I’m not a big fan of players who just play in there and pass it around, you have to stop players too.
“Declan Rice doesn’t have to dictate the game for Man Utd, he can pass to the players who can make the difference and be good defensively.”
Meanwhile, Leicester’s Fofana has shone in his first season in England and has been praised for his maturity in central defence alongside Jonny Evans.
United require an elite central defender to partner captain Harry Maguire and Fofana has shown he has quality and potential under Brendan Rodgers for the Foxes in this campaign.
Hargreaves is under no doubt about Fofana’s ability and believes United should do everything they can to try and prize him away from Leicester this summer.
“I’d love to see Manchester United get Fofana… he’s a Ferrari, honestly,” he added.
“I’d throw whatever they’ve got left in the bank to get him. He’s a fabulous player.”