Ian Wright says Manchester United may need to bring in a new left-back, with Luke Shaw struggling to fulfil the potential he once showed.
United’s concrete spending plans reportedly include a new left-sided defender, a striker and a right-sided player before next season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to replace the outgoing Marcos Rojo, with Nathan Ake and Tyrone Mings allegedly on his radar.
Elsewhere, reports have heavily linked Jadon Sancho with a move, but his price tag could be more than £100million.
And while United boss Solskjaer has said he has doubts over his transfer budget, Wright believes only “the best” signings will continue the club’s recent upward trend.
And, contrary to the previous reports, Wright believes a left-back should be on Solskjaer’s wish list.
“It’s important who they buy now,” Wright said on Optus Sport (via the Daily Mirror). “I think a defender is needed and maybe a left-back.
“I’d still go for [Jadon] Sancho if I could, depending on what that will cost, because they still need a calibre of players that’s gonna be challenging – not just the teams in this league, but Real Madrid and Barcelona.
“You want the best that you can possibly get to keep the fight in that squad and keep them trying to achieve.
“You put [Kalidou] Koulibaly in that squad… Luke Shaw has been in and out of that squad. We know what potential he had and whether or not he’s going to be able to fulfil that, because we’re still not seeing a settled left-back playing the kind of game that you want to see someone do.
“Maybe a left-back, a centre-half and that team with a Sancho in it as well which would help with the competition for places.”
BRUNO FERNANDES EFFECT HAILED
Elsewhere, former United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has hailed Bruno Fernandes’ effect on United’s progress.