Andy Cole believes Manchester United can still ‘kick on’ this season even if the club miss out on the signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side enjoyed a strong second half to last season to secure a top-four finish and Champions League qualification, but it has proven a frustrating summer transfer window as the club now look to strengthen their options.
Netherlands international Donny van de Beek has arrived from Ajax, but a move for England international Sancho has failed to progress despite months of speculation linking the winger with a switch to Old Trafford.
Cole believes his former side will always be in the market for leading players as they bid to improve, and has backed Solskjaer to bring the right players in regardless of whether their pursuit of Sancho proves successful.
“Manchester United are a team that look to add players in every season,” Cole told the Mirror.
“We keep talking about a centre-back, but United have so many centre-backs at the moment I’m not sure how many more than can actually buy.
“Especially nowadays, centre-backs seem to be more expensive than centre-forwards so it’s a challenge to strengthen any more there. It’ll be interesting to see what they do there.
“Jadon Sancho, if that deal comes off, it would be a coup, but if that deal doesn’t come off then I’ve got no doubts they’ll have their eye on whoever else they feel could make their team stronger.”
Cole also spoke on the club’s current attacking options with Manchester United having impressed over the second half of the campaign, a new-look forward line of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood excelling ahead of the creative talents of winter window signing Bruno Fernandes.
The former England international says Solskjaer has got the Red Devils playing with freedom and is confident the club can take that form into the new season, starting with their season opener against Crystal Palace on Saturday evening.
“Ole’s got Man United playing the way Man United should be playing – attacking football,” he added.
“Some of the signings Ole’s made have made Manchester United better, more creative.
“I think he’s got them playing with a freedom now that they should be playing with and that’s what everyone wanted to see.
“I think they (the front three) are all good enough to hold that responsibility of scoring goals. They played very well last season, all contributing and creating chances.
“If they can carry that form into this season, continue doing the right things then I’d like to think Manchester United can kick-on from last season.”