Former Man Utd defender Rio Ferdinand thinks that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still needs to bring in four signings if the Red Devils are to “compete” this season.
Man Utd have so far brought in Donny van de Beek from Ajax in a deal worth around £40m, which will improve their already strong midfield department.
They have been heavily linked with a number of other players this summer, Jadon Sancho being the most high-profile, while Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon is understood to be a target.
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And Ferdinand reckons Man Utd are still “three or four” signings short of challenging at the top of the Premier League.
Ferdinand told BBC Radio Five Live: “Yeah, I would say definitely after Van de Beek they need probably – if they’re going to really compete – three or four.
“Players that can go in and actually affect the first team, the first XI. And [Sergio] Reguilon we’re talking about, the lad at Sevilla who’s from Real Madrid, he was voted the best left-back in La Liga so really good credentials.
“Luke Shaw I think is unfortunate in terms of his injuries. He’s played games but then he hasn’t been able to sustain a full season without any injuries, which is disappointing.
“But listen, if I was looking at it and looking at the team, in the forward areas I think one or two additions. One definitely, maybe two, are needed that can come in and affect that first team and push people, if not start.
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“And then I think a centre-back. That area, for me, is where there’s a lack of real, genuine pace and I think the best teams around at the moment have a player in one of the two players that play [at centre-back] in a four that has genuine pace normally.
“I think Liverpool are the team that’s dominated this season. The two centre-backs can be sat on the halfway line, they’re sitting there purring, waiting to be taken on in a foot race back to the goal and they back themselves.
“And with that, what that does as well, it’s not just about pace – knowing how to defend as well – but what that allows is more players to be able to go forward and pin the other team back in the opposing team’s third, which is, the way the game is played today, very critical.”