Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United are one player short of winning the title

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Manchester United will be a striker short of being Premier League title contenders if they do not sign one this summer, according to Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher. United are linked with Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland and Tottenham talisman Harry Kane. However, Red Devils legend Gary Neville does not think his former club will sign a striker in the next window.

Edinson Cavani ended speculation over his future on Monday by penning a one-year extension at Old Trafford.

Neville thinks that will spell the end of United’s quest to sign a striker, and instead reckons they will prioritise the acquisition of Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho.

But Carragher does not think United can rely on 34-year-old Cavani and 19-year-old Greenwood as the two main centre-forward options.

Asked if United could be title challengers next season, Carragher said on Sky Sports: “I don’t think they’ll have the centre-forward and I absolutely love Cavani.

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“I’ve said consistently that Manchester United need a 25-year-old Cavani.

“There’s a lot of talk today because he’s signed, but the big thing for me is Greenwood.

“The thing with bringing Sancho in is that he’s got to play 70 or 80 per cent of the games on the right-hand side, where he normally plays.

“I just don’t think Mason Greenwood is ready yet to almost have him and Cavani as the centre-forwards.

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“You’ve got an almost really old guy, who’s done brilliantly or a really young guy, who’s maybe not ready physically to lead the line for United.

“I think Greenwood has started 19 games this season, that next season, the natural progression is to go to 30, or 35 starts.”

Carragher believes Greenwood is better used on the right and says signing a top striker would be a wise move from United.

And the pundit also reckons Sancho’s arrival could spell bad news for Greenwood.

Carragher added: “I think United buying a Harry Kane or a Haaland, and then using Greenwood from the right, coming in on that left foot, I think he’s brilliant at that.

“Physically, it helps him because he’s not straight down the middle, holding the ball up with his back to play.

“I’d be really wary of United, if they brought Sancho in, would that stunt the progression of Greenwood?”

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