It cannot be stressed further that United have fallen significantly down the pecking order. While in terms of raw points in the Premier League, even without Man City’s looming Champions League ban, the Red Devils can still make a likely run at a top-four football.
The real woe, however, is that the once glorious Mancunian outfit is struggling significantly in keeping up their brand image. The solutions to this problem need to come quickly and need to come fast.
Robbie Savage, in that regard, has a simple solution to United’s problems, as he opines in the Mirror: “If Solskjaer was handed £250 million to go out and sign central defender Kalidou Koulibaly, playmaker Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho up front, Solskjaer’s best team would be capable of giving Liverpool and Man City a run for their money next season.”
As improbable as that arrival bonanza may sound when stated together, each and every one of those players has been actively linked to the Red Devils in recent memory and the latest transfer chatter doesn’t rule out such a splurge.
Savage goes on to add: “But if they can beat other clubs to those major signings – and Champions League football would be the best way to do that – I now think a return towards the top end is achievable with one good summer in the transfer market.”
The rest of the article keeps stressing that United already have a decent squad provided certain tinkering is done here and there and that a steady run of games will be instrumental.
His closing statement pretty much sums it all up: “It’s taken seven years, since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, to reach this stage, but I’m calling it now. Land those three big signings in the summer, and Manchester United will be back in business.”