Manchester United are in their best possible form in quite a long time at the moment. With Saturday’s 5-2 goal-fest over AFC Bournemouth, the Red Devils have now been scoring goals consistently and pouncing with the winning intent that used to be their swagger back during the glory days.
Such has been their style that there are many who feel that Ole Gunnar Solskjær already has a winning lineup and that the club needn’t break the bank over the summer transfer window.
That extreme is certainly over-confident of the strides that United have made as of recent and perhaps even ignorant of the few flaws that still plague the outfit.
Paul Scholes is of the opinion that the side needs to invest in key areas, as he states to the BBC Radio 5 Live: “There is a big gap to close, there’s no doubt about that. The points difference is ridiculous and the quality of Man City obviously is there for everyone to see. I really don’t think they are a million miles away. I know we spoke about four or five players but I think it’s two or three now.”
Explaining precisely what those signings ought to be, the former United player adds: “I think you are looking at a centre-forward, a really classy goal scorer and possibly a centre-half to play next to [Harry] Maguire.”
Scholes goes on to place special significance on the centre-back aspect, as he opined: “I think [Victor] Lindelof has done alright but I just think Maguire with his lack of pace at times [can get caught]. If he’s got a really dominant centre-half next to him like a Rio Ferdinand or Jaap Stam, who bullies centre-forwards, I think that would be a big help to the team.”
That is certainly a formula that the Norwegian and the higher-ups at Old Trafford will be looking to employ in the months to come.