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Manchester United need a new manager and at least four new signings to challenge for the Premier League title next season, reckons former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley. United are currently second in the table, 14 points adrift of leaders Manchester City with nine games of the season remaining.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has undoubtedly overseen an improvement at Old Trafford this term, with the Red Devils also in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
But it appears the mid-season hopes of winning a first top-flight title since 2013 have all but gone.
United are linked with a host of big-name signings ahead of the summer transfer window.
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is near the top of their priority list.
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Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is also a rumoured target for the Old Trafford club.
Burley agrees defence is an area that United need to strengthen.
But he also thinks a managerial change is needed, claiming Solskjaer will never lead United back to the top.
Asked how many signings United need to become title challengers, Burley said on ESPN FC Extra Time: “Okay, so a manager…
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“I believe Man United will not win the league with Solskjaer in charge.
“So a manager, a centre-half, a right-back because [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka is defensively good, going forward, not so good.
“If City sign Haaland… I don’t know. Probably four or five again, still a fair chunk yeah. Still a fair chunk.”
Reports say Dortmund will demand up to £153million (€180m) for Haaland this summer.
United were interested in signing the Norway star before he moved to the Bundesliga in January 2020.
Agent Mino Raiola this week took a thinly-veiled dig at United for missing out on the striker when he was at a much cheaper price.
“With Haaland, everybody was wrong,” he told The Athletic. “He did things much quicker than everybody imagined.
“Haaland is in front of his own development. He is ahead of his own schedule.
“Maybe I was too careful when I said, ‘Oh no, let’s move to Dortmund instead of I-don’t-know-where’.
“This boy – I’m 100 per cent convinced and everybody’s convinced – can move to any club, wherever he wants, already on this level. And he could have done that last year.”
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