Manchester United need to sign at least two defenders and Jadon Sancho before the transfer window closes to compete for the Premier League title, according to former Red Devils midfielder Luke Chadwick.
There has been criticism aimed at United’s board over the lack of signings, with fans desperate to see new faces arrive through the doors and Gary Neville slamming the club’s ‘appalling’ transfer approach.
The Red Devils are being linked with the likes of Sancho, Ousmane Dembele and Alex Telles but have less than a week left to conclude their summer business.
Chadwick, who spent five years at Manchester United, has urged his former club to bolster Solskjaer’s squad with at least two defenders and Sancho before the October 5 deadline.
‘For the club to really compete, they need more than one signing. It will take two, three, four signings to really compete,’ he told Sports Mole.
‘Jadon Sancho would be a huge signing. They’ve got gifted players in that position already but Sancho is a talent that doesn’t come around too often.
‘He looks like a Manchester United player from years gone by if you think about George Best, Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo. He can be of a similar ilk as those players in the future and can appease the fans.
‘The defensive issues are a problem. They need reinforcements in the back-four. The left-back position has been spoken about a lot.
‘Alex Telles looks a fantastic player. I think Luke Shaw is great but it’s whether he can stay fit for the whole season.
‘If they’re happy just to go for the Champions League places then they could well have enough in the building already. But that’s not going to appease the fans.’
Manchester United beat Brighton in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening and Solskjaer was asked to provide a transfer update following the win.
He said: ‘I can’t give you any news. We are working with what we have got. We have a big squad.
‘We changed 10 players from Saturday. If there is any update, we will let you know. I don’t comment on other teams’ players.
‘I can’t concern myself with other clubs. I know the club is working well and hard to have a strong squad as possible. Sometimes speculation is there and we can’t control that.’