Manchester United could bring back the glory days if they sign players that can “make a difference”.
Ex-United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has picked out the three positions that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be looking at in January as his former side aim to break back into the Champions League.
The former England international reckons that despite spending millions on bringing in Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer, but they still won’t be able to outplay Manchester City and Liverpool.
He said: “Can United ‘out football’ Liverpool and City? No.
“United’s two wins in the Premier League this season against Chelsea and Leicester have been when they’ve counter attacked.
“Ultimately you’ve got to find a way to win games.
“I think the next phase is getting players that can make the difference.”
The ex-Bayern Munich regular has also chosen two young English stars that would be good additions at Old Trafford, before outlining another position that needs strengthening.
He added: “I think Declan Rice at the base of the midfield in this team makes a difference.
“I think Jadon Sancho would be a perfect player for this team and they need a No 9. whoever that may be.
“It’s a work in progress and it’s going to take time but at some point they’re going to have to invest. Eventually you have to buy.”
One player that could help United’s attacking trouble is Mason Greenwood, who scored his first senior goal against Asanta on Thursday.
Solskjaer said after the 1-0 Europa League victory: “For me it was the right decision, for the club and for him.
“He is going to be important for us this season.
“He’s not played a lot so far, but he’ll get his minutes. He’ll grow and develop. Get him inside the box, you know something’s going to happen.
“It’s natural for him to play football, natural for him to score goals, to be in and around the box. He’s shown glimpses today of what he can become.”