Manchester United have been urged to sign ‘one or two’ more new signings this summer, with former captain Roy Keane insisting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad is still short despite the ‘very good’ deals for Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
The Red Devils, who finished second in the Premier League last season, have already bolstered Solskjaer’s squad with England international Sancho, while Varane is set for a medical at Old Trafford ahead of his move from Real Madrid.
Keane believes Sancho and Varane will turn out to be ‘very good’ signings but fears his former teammate Solskjaer needs more help in the transfer market to challenge the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool for the title.
Pep Guardiola’s City finished 12 points clear of the chasing pack last summer and recently signed England star Jack Grealish for a British record £100million.
Champions League holders Chelsea, meanwhile, are set to strengthen Thomas Tuchel’s squad by completing a club-record £97.5m deal for Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku.
Asked about Manchester United’s summer transfer dealings, Keane told ITV: ‘They are two very good signings, particularly Varane with his experience and the problems at the back. Sancho, a young, talented player who did well in Germany.
‘But I still think with what Man City have done and Chelsea [signing] Lukaku, Man United still need one or two into the group to really challenge this season.’
Liverpool legend Graeme Souness agrees with Keane and says Manchester United still need to sign an elite striker to challenge for major honours this season.
He told The Times: ‘If Manchester United have finished their transfer business with the signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, then that is not enough investment for them to win the trophies this season that a club of their magnitude should be aiming for: the Premier League and Champions League.
‘The signing required to catapult them into title-winning contention with Manchester City and Chelsea is a striker who guarantees 30 goals a season.
‘There are few of them around and you will pay a premium if you are a Premier League club and another premium on top of that if you are one of the big boys.
‘United must be in the market for a centre forward – for Harry Kane or even Erling Haaland, if he becomes available again because, if we judge the squads as they stand, Manchester City and Chelsea are still ahead of everybody else.’
Manchester United completed their pre-season with a 4-0 victory over Premier League rivals Everton on Saturday. Solskjaer’s side begin their 2020-21 campaign on Saturday against Leeds United.
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