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Scholes and Neville’s dream Man Utd XIs compared as they name transfer targets

Manchester United finished second in the Premier League this season, their highest finish under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

However, with champions Manchester City finishing 12 points ahead of the Red Devils, it seems clear that United will need to strengthen this summer if they want to mount a title challenge next season.

Former United players Paul Scholes and Gary Neville have already had their say on where they think the club needs to strengthen, with Scholes identifying two key positions and Neville naming three potential additions.

Scholes believes United are in need of more creativity and a new centre-back partner for club captain Harry Maguire.

Gary Neville and Paul Scholes have both had their say on where they think Manchester United need to strengthen this summer (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Speaking on the Webby and O’Neill YouTube channel, Scholes said: “I think we need someone who is a creative midfield player. Jack Grealish or Jadon Sancho, one of them would be ideal.

“It would be great to have a left-footed centre back but I don’t think it’s needed, I don’t think we are desperate for that. I would like to see a centre-half come in next to Maguire.

“I think Lindelof is doing alright, I just think alright isn’t good enough to win a league. Marquinhos from PSG, I think he’s be a brilliant centre-half next to Maguire but again you’re talking about a lot of money.”

Paul Scholes wants to see United sign Marquinhos and one of either Jadon Sancho or Jack Grealish
Paul Scholes wants to see United sign Marquinhos and one of either Jadon Sancho or Jack Grealish

United are in the market for a new centre-back this summer but, as Scholes notes, it will take “a lot of money” to persuade PSG to sell Marquinhos, with the Brazilian international currently their captain and under contract until 2024.

Grealish, meanwhile, has been heavily linked with United but his agent, Jonathan Barnett, said earlier this month that the Red Devils were not “at the top of the list” for the Aston Villa captain.

Barnett told SNTV: “The truth is we don’t know [what will happen]. There are many clubs [interested] and I wouldn’t put Manchester United at the top of that [list]. But he could stay.”

Sancho has also been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford and Dortmund chief Michael Zorc recently revealed that the winger has a “gentleman’s agreement” with the club that could see him leave this summer.

Speaking to German broadcaster ARD, Zorc said: “We already had a gentlemen’s agreement with Jadon last year that he can switch under certain conditions. He’s been with us for a couple of years.”

Neville also believes United should sign Sancho, naming the Borussia Dortmund star as one of three players that he would like to see join the club in a Twitter Q&A.

When asked where he thought United could finish next season with the right signings, Neville simply replied: “Varane, Kane and Sancho = title.”

According to the Manchester Evening News, Real Madrid are prepared to sell Varane to United this summer.

He is out of contract with the La Liga giants next summer and it is claimed that Madrid believe he will reject their offer of a new deal, meaning they may look to sell in order to avoid losing him for free.

Gary Neville, meanwhile, believes the additions of Raphael Varane, Sancho and Harry Kane could help United win the Premier League title
Gary Neville, meanwhile, believes the additions of Raphael Varane, Sancho and Harry Kane could help United win the Premier League title

Meanwhile, Kane recently told The Overlap that he wants to have “a good, honest conversation” with Tottenham chief Daniel Levy about his future.

“There’s definitely a conversation to be had with the club,” Kane said. “It’s a moment in my career where I have to kind of reflect and see where I’m at and have a good, honest conversation with the chairman.

“As players you don’t know what the chairman is thinking. He might want to sell me. He might be thinking, ‘If I could get £100m then why not?’ I’m not going to be worth that for the next two or three years.”




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