Manchester United have made Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho their top transfer target but former Premier League midfielder Robbie Savage reckons Ed Woodward should also look at investing in four other players.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is shaping up to be a real threat next season following the January addition of Bruno Fernandes.
The Norwegian boss has told Woodward he feels Sancho would be the man to take the club to the next level.
But Savage thinks there should be four other players who may be available taken into consideration.
“I would go for Kalidou Koulibaly, the Napoli captain, because he would bring pace to the heart of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s back four,” Savage wrote in his column for the Mirror.
“I would go for a playmaker to provide competition for Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, who was absolutely majestic at Aston Villa on Thursday night – maybe Jack Grealish or James Maddison.
“And I would go for Sancho or Kane, which would send a signal to the rest of the Premier League: United are back in business.
“Obviously we can’t be sure, at this stage, how heavily the coronavirus pandemic has impacted on clubs’ spending power.
“But I get the impression Solskjaer is close to assembling an irresistible attacking force who can play with the swagger, intensity and tempo United fans have come to expect down the years.
“A front five of Fernandes, Pogba, Rashford, Greenwood and Kane or Sancho would take some stopping.”
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United are hoping to challenge Liverpool for the Premier League title next year but Savage is unsure if all of that gap will be plugged.
He added: “I’m not convinced they are ready to topple Liverpool and reclaim their perch in 2020-21 but the verve, energy and willingness to take risks on the ball – all key symptoms of United’s success in the glory years under Sir Alex Ferguson – are back.
“Since Fernandes signed in January, they have taken 24 points from 10 games – which would have put Manchester United top of the table over that period.
“And I liked their reaction to falling behind against Bournemouth last weekend.
“It reminded me of the good old days when taking an early lead at Old Trafford was like a red rag to a bull.
“Liverpool may be 34 points ahead of United in the standings but based on the sublime Pogba-Fernandes axis, and the thrilling promise of Greenwood and Rashford up front, I’m already convinced the gap will be much, much closer next season.”
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