The Glazer family have been told that only ‘significant summer investment’ can spare them from more fans’ protests – with a deal to sign Harry Kane now their No 1 priority, according to one observer.
Sunday’s game between United and Liverpool was postponed due to protestors breaking into Old Trafford. What started as a peaceful protest was marred by some scenes of violence. United fans were protesting against the club’s owners, the Glazer family.
They have never got on well with the American owners and their dissatisfaction resurfaced when the club tried to break away into a new European Super League last month.
Those plans were ultimately shelved but it gave United fans the opportunity to remind them that they want them out of the club.
Amid reports that two further games this season could be targeted, the Glazers look set to face more testing times ahead. Indeed, Avram Glazer gave a short two-word answer when questioned recently about the potential sale of United.
However, former United No 2 Rene Meulensteen insists all hope is not lost for the Glazer family. He believes a strong show of intent on the transfer front could lead them to title glory – and also go a long way to silencing their critics.
And the Dutchman is adamant that a £125m deal for Harry Kane would be the ideal signing.
“To compete and win the title you have to invest,” Meulensteen told talkSPORT.
“If United would be able to bring Harry Kane in, I think they would really become Premier League title contenders.
“Whether that’s going to happen, we’ll have to see. We’ve got some really good kids coming through.
“But they need a bit of investment.”
Asked about the fans getting on their backs, Meulensteen insists only a big summer could spare them.
“If they would be able to invest and bring someone like Harry Kane in it would make a massive difference.”
Keane wants Kane and Grealish
He told Sky Sports: “United need to go and make a big, big signing, whether it’s Kane or Grealish – put a marker down.
“Okay, they need another centre-half, but I still think at the top end of the pitch. When you look at some of the games this year that they’ve drawn, they’ve lacked that real bit of quality.”
Keane admits that United have made strides this season, but wants to see another level.
“They’ve got some brilliant players and I agree that there’s been progress.
“The worry for Manchester United is the next step is the biggest and the hardest one. They have to go and get that league title.
“Liverpool were brilliant last year, Man City excellent this season but United are still a bit short.
“The worry for me now is that we’re looking at United and saying they’ve made progress. But look at the financial side. Off the pitch at United as if the remit for Ole will be finishing in the top four, or finishing second, wanting to get into the Champions League.
“But it has to be about winning trophies.”