Gary Neville has identified the key positions he believes Manchester United need to strengthen if his former side are to challenge next season.
Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has transformed the club’s fortunes since arriving at Old Trafford in December, guiding the club into the Premier League top four and securing a Champions League quarter-final spot with a historic comeback win over French champions PSG.
Despite Solskjaer’s impact, former United full-back Neville believes the club needs to strengthen in as many as five positions if they are to compete on all fronts next season.
“Manchester United need two centre-backs. I genuinely believe that,” Neville told BeIn Sports.
“When you talk about United winning the Premier League title or trying to get to a Champions League final, you need top centre backs.
“They need two new centre backs and a right back. That’s a minimum I think for the summer. They’ve looked at doing that in the past and they need to do it this year.
“The manager needs a new back four, there’s no doubt.
“They need someone with authority. You watch Virgil van Dijk or Thiago Silva, they’re world-class centre backs and United need someone like that.”
“I still think they need strengthening in other areas,”
“I would say three defenders, one midfielder and one forward, because of the form of Alexis Sanchez.
“Unless he completely changes what he’s doing in the next few months, United need another forward.
“I’d say they need five additions to the squad. Then the squad would be in good shape and could challenge.”