Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs three or four big signings to catch Liverpool and Manchester City, Premier League icon Alan Shearer claims. The Red Devils beat Norwich on Saturday evening to book their place in the FA Cup semi-final draw.
United have also impressed in the Premier League, with Solskjaer’s men eyeing a top four finish to bring Champions League football back to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have been tipped to spend big this summer to bolster their squad and mount a title charge next season.
Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish are their top targets.
And BBC Sport pundit Shearer says Solskjaer needs three or four big signings to bring the good times back to Old Trafford.
When asked how many players United need to challenge for trophies on a regular basis, Shearer said: “I think three or four big players.
“A right sided midfielder, a centre-forward, a centre-half and maybe another midfielder.”
When asked if United would go to another level if Sancho joined, Shearer added: “Without a doubt. He’s got great ability.”
United boss Solskjaer has been vocal on the club’s transfer plans, insisting he will not by ‘rotten apples’.
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The Red Devils chief wants his players to reflect his personality.
“I did feel that I was professional and did feel privileged to play for Manchester United,” Solskjaer said.
“I wouldn’t be able to look at myself if I didn’t know I’d given everything for my team-mates and my manager.
“That’s what I also now look for in players that we sign or we bring up from the youth team. You have to have a good personality and that you are professional because one rotten apple in the basket will make the others rotten.
“So for me it’s about building a team that will reflect me and my coaching staff’s personalities and views. Of course there are standards because we want to win. We are in the business to win.
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“But the first step to be a Manchester United player and person, you have to be humble enough to know you always have to work hard.
“Never give in and always do your best, 100 per cent effort is required every day and don’t think you are better than you are.
“You still have to play with that confidence at the same time. It’s a fine balance but that is what is going to make the difference when we want to get to the championship again that we want to win.”
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