Manchester United can challenge strongly for the Premier League title in the 2023/24 season if Erik ten Hag takes on Sam Allardyce’s advise and signs two of his recommended targets.
The Red Devils have enjoyed an excellent first season under the Dutchman’s leadership and can collect a second trophy of the campaign on Saturday. Standing in their way is Manchester City, with United desperate to deny them FA Cup glory as leg two of their potentially-historic Treble-winning mission.
For United, success at Wembley would mean a first FA Cup triumph since 2016 when they defeated Crystal Palace.
More importantly, it would also be a second piece of silverware of the season, having already collected the Carabao Cup in February.
And with a place in the Champions League already secured, the progress United have made this season will have delighted their fans.
Indeed, hopes are now growing for an even more successful 2023/24 campaign. Ten Hag will spend more funds this summer as the second phase of his rebuilding programme gets underway.
And Friday’s Euro Paper Talk had news of an exciting double deal with a €50m striker and a Man City midfield transfer hijack on United’s radar.
To that end, Ten Hag is pushing for at least three marquee signings this summer. Predictably, a number of would-be targets are being linked with moves.
Ten Hag, though, will know in his mind the players he wishes to sign. And he will he hoping to heap the pressure on a City side who next season will be going all out for an unprecedented fourth successive title.
Allardyce tells Man Utd to sign Rice and Kane
However, Allardyce reckons United need only need two big signings in order to wrestle back the Premier League crown.
But Allardyce reckons the captures of Harry Kane and Declan Rice – both of whom seem destined to move this summer – can push United on their way.
Allardyce, who on Friday departed Leeds United after a short-term spell in charge, explained his thinking to William Hill.
“I absolutely think that if Manchester United sign Declan Rice and Harry Kane then they would be second favourites to win the Premier League,” he said.
“I saw Declan Rice first hand at West Ham away this season. It’s rare that you see a player who has been brought up as a centre half evolve into a central midfield player as well as he has.
“He’s the all-action midfield player, he’s not just a sitting anchor man, he’s everything. He’s a passer and he’s box-to-box, and people might say he doesn’t score enough to be worth £100m. But what he can bring to the team would evolve Manchester United through the middle.
“If Harry Kane and Declan Rice were both through the middle for United then they’d be fighting for spots one and two in the league.”
Rice has already publicly declared his wish to leave West Ham this summer, though Arsenal currently lead the charge.
Kane, meanwhile, appears increasingly likely to leave Spurs. His deal is due to expire in summer 2024 and a refusal to sign a new deal means Tottenham will likely need to cash in.
However, there remains serious doubts over whether Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would even entertain an offer from United.