Former Manchester United midfielder Luke Chadwick feels one player above all others should be lured to Old Trafford this summer.
United have enjoyed a solid season and are on track to qualify for the Champions League. With seven games to go, they sit second and are nine points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea. A title tilt seems beyond Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, as table-topping rivals Manchester City are 11 points better off. Therefore thoughts will turn to next season and the way to bridge the gap to Pep Guardiola’s men.
And Chadwick, who made 39 appearances for the Red Devils, has identified the area of the pitch that needs addressing.
“Where United have maybe fallen short is having that goal-scorer – I think Rashford and Fernandes are the top scorers – but there’s no one in this squad getting maybe 25 league goals a season,” he told Caughtoffside.
“If they had that in the squad I think they’d be there or thereabouts and really competing with Man City.”
Chadwick believes that the core of the United side is solid. But the former MK Dons midfielder is adamant that the club’s hierarchy should move mountains to try and sign one man.
“Harry Kane is one of the few players in the world who you’d do everything possible and break the bank to get him,” he added. “You look at the United squad and there’s maybe six or seven players there who are irreplaceable.
“But other than that if there’s someone who’s not playing week in, week out and you’ve got a chance to bring Harry Kane in then you do everything possible to be able to do that.
“Kane would be that missing piece of the jigsaw – someone who guarantees a lot of goals and someone who could lead you to a Premier League title.”
Defender a priority to join Kane
There have been issues at the back for Solskjaer’s side this term. Harry Maguire is the main man but others do not seem to dovetail well with the England star.
“If any centre half is available I’d choose Varane, he looks like the one who could turn United into a title-winning or even Champions League-winning team,” he continued.
“If you added him and a top centre-forward, those are the two areas of the squad that look like they should be a priority at this moment in time.”