Manchester United believe they are six signings away from competing with Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title.
United face Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday and know they will be 18 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s men if they lose – after just nine games.
United finished outside the Champions League places in sixth last season, but they were a mammoth 32 points behind the champions Man City.
That led United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to making three signings and spending over £140million in the summer on Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.
Those three additions have shown promise so far this season, but with just two wins from eight games United officials know they must continue to build their squad in the next few transfer windows.
And according to The Athletic, United’s boardroom believe that Solskjaer is the man to lead the revolution, despite their poor form this season and he will be handed money in January to continue strengthening the squad.
The report claims there is an acceptance behind the scenes at Old Trafford that United need another six signings to start competing in the Premier League.
Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic is understood to be a January target after being frozen out by Maurizio Sarri in Turin.