Paul Merson believes Manchester United could become a ‘major force’ should the club secure the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jack Grealish.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were enjoying an impressive run of form prior to the suspension of the Premier League amid the coronavirus outbreak, their unbeaten record stretching to 11 games in all competitions and raising optimism the club are headed in the right direction following a mixed campaign.
Mid-season arrival Bruno Fernandes has starred in recent weeks and attentions have now turned to potential summer additions to the squad, with speculation linking the Red Devils with audacious moves to sign Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.
Aubameyang’s future at the Emirates is uncertain after talks of a new contract stalled, and Merson believes the signing of the prolific Gabon international could turn United into genuine contenders.
“Aubameyang is what Manchester United are missing. He is a goal scorer and goal scorers are priceless,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“If you look at United and the way they played against Manchester City a couple of weeks ago, I thought they were very, very good. You looked at them and thought they have got a chance, especially if they could also get hold of a couple more players, especially a creative midfielder.
“You couldn’t help but be impressed with their performance and if they were to sign Aubameyang and they also got someone like a Jack Grealish, are they big players? They would be a major force, in my opinion.
“They are crying out for someone who is going to score them 20 to 25 goals, and that’s what Aubameyang can bring. He gets you 25 goals without even breaking sweat. Add a Grealish if they can get him and then you’ve got Bruno Fernandes as well playing in behind a striker, Manchester United will be a major force.
“I don’t think you can say Aubameyang would be going for ambition if he went to Manchester United though. He’d be going for the money because he’s almost 31 and this would likely to be his last move.
“At the moment, you can’t say you are going to go to Manchester United and get guaranteed trophies. You won’t be able to guarantee United winning anything in the next two or three seasons. They are getting better but it’s not ambitions, it’s the money.
“If it was Manchester City or Liverpool, that would be different. You’d be thinking of course, he’s ambitious and he wants to win things. I’m not saying United won’t win things, but you can’t assure me of it. I can assure you Man City or Liverpool will in the next few years.”