Owen Hargreaves has suggested that Manchester United should sign someone like Wilfried Ndidi this summer, while expressing one doubt about their pursuit of Jude Bellingham.
It is set to be an important summer for United, who brought in Odion Ighalo on loan after the addition of Bruno Fernandes in January, and are now just three points short of the top four.
Rumours continue to circulate about players they may pursue as they look to restore themselves among the elite, but comments from Ed Woodward in February suggested that United’s strategy was not to go overboard on the number of players they bring in.
He said: “Despite being linked in the media to 111 players in January, our acquisition of just one of them – Bruno Fernandes – is an important step, demonstrating our commitment to adding experienced, world-class recruits to the exciting crop of academy graduates that are at the heart of this developing team.
“We will take the same planned, disciplined, approach this coming summer.”
That strategy has been echoed by former United midfielder Hargreaves, who wants to see the club approaching the right kind of targets rather than just spending for the sake of it.
“It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality” Hargreaves told Premier League Productions (via Goal).
“If you can have a Jadon Sancho – they need a right winger – Sancho playing off the right would make a huge difference.
“[Jude] Bellingham is 16 or 17, he’s going to be a super player but you need someone right now.
“I think they need an Ndidi type, a defensive sitter. If you have [Paul] Pogba and [Bruno] Fernandes then I think you need a defensive one there.
“I think they also need a left-sided centre-back.
“They have [Victor] Lindelof, [Harry] Maguire, [Eric] Bailly but a left-sided centre-back would make a big difference.”
With Ighalo only having joined on loan, United may well be in the market for another striker in the summer, and Hargreaves knows who the ideal choice would be.
“Harry Kane is the dream, but they don’t desperately need him.”