Manchester United legend Roy Keane believes his old club must “put a marker down” by signing the likes of Harry Kane or Jack Grealish this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men look set to finish second in the Premier League behind runaway leaders Manchester City. That will mean the Red Devils have gone another season without top-flight title success since the last time they lifted the trophy in 2013.
And Keane believes the duo could make all the difference in competing with City next season.
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, 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.”
Summer dealings critical
Keane believes the summer window will now be pivotal to what sort of effect United can have on next season’s title race.
He added: “We go back to recruitment in the summer, who can bring in top quality players.
“I still think United are short two or three players. Liverpool, no doubt, will have to regroup. I think the big problem for Liverpool is they haven’t been a good team this year.
“They still have enough quality to bounce back next year. But the recruitment will be vital for both clubs this summer in who will challenge Man City.”