Man Utd urged to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Mauricio Pochettino and buy two players

Manchester United need to make two additions to their defence and replace manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to former Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor. United suffered a disappointing 3-1 loss at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday in their first Premier League game of the season. The performance led to criticism from the likes of Red Devils legend Gary Neville, who has called on his former club to make quick additions in the transfer market.

United have only signed one player so far this summer in Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek for £40million.

But Agbonlahor claims the squad is crying out for improvement in the middle of defence and at left-back.

The pundit also thinks former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who has been out of work for almost a year, would do a better job with the current squad than Solskjaer.

Agbonlahor said on talkSPORT: “What Manchester United are missing: a left-back, I don’t think Luke Shaw’s the answer for Manchester United, a centre-back with speed that can play alongside [Harry] Maguire, because he’s the best out of him and [Victor] Lindelof.

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“100 per cent [Pochettino would do better than Solskjaer].”

Meanwhile, Neville agrees the defence is an area that United must target before the window shuts on October 5.

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“You can talk about Jadon Sancho all you like, until they get a centre-back in that can run and defend one-on-one, you’re never going to win a league,” Neville said on Sky Sports.

“You’re not going to win a league with that centre-back pairing. You have to get a mobile, quick, dominant centre-back in alongside Lindelof or Maguire.

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“One area Man Utd need to try to strengthen is centre-back. But it has to be a quick one – someone who can defend one-on-ones.

“If you look at all the best centre-half partnerships down the years, they have always had a quick one.

“Old Trafford is a big pitch and particularly if your full-backs are going forward then you are going to leave your centre-halves one-on-one.

“Over the years, the best Man Utd centre-back partnerships have always had that really quick one – whether it be Jaap Stam or Rio Ferdinand or Gary Pallister – who has lightning pace to get across and snuff out the danger. Lindelof and Maguire just don’t have that.”

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