Manchester United are being linked with big-money moves to sign Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek this summer.
Manchester United stilll won’t have enough to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the table if they sign both Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek in the summer transfer window. That’s the view of former Scotland international Don Hutchinson, who believes the main problem facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be the future of Paul Pogba.
United have been trying to rebuild ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
It’s been six arduous seasons for fans with the club finishing in the top four only twice with another battle on their hands to make it this year.
But there have been some promising signs under Solskjaer this past season, particularly with signings such as Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Bruno Fernandes.
The new trio have settled into life quickly at Old Trafford with Fernandes in particular providing that spark from midfield to link up with the attack.
Still, they have been a long way off runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool this campaign, who currently sit 37 points ahead of the Red Devils through 29 games.
There is some optimism that United might be able to close that gap if they’re able to sign their top targets this summer – with a few even suggesting they could challenge for the title as early as next year.
Sancho remains the club’s top target while Van de Beek has emerged as another midfield option.
And while Hutchinson believes both signing would prove excellent business for United, he doesn’t think that would make them instant title contenders.
“They’ll be closer,” he said on ESPN FC.
“I love Van de Beek, he reminds me of Frank Lampard with goals from midfield and Sancho could be a world beater.
“I think they need a little bit more than that.
“The dilemma and fascination with Man United at the minute is what’s going to happen with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
“Are they going to be playing as a pair? Is Pogba going to be sold on?
“I think they need more than them two but it would be an unbelievable start.”
United currently sit fifth in the table, three points adrift of Chelsea in that final Champions League spot.
They return to action on June 19 when they take on Tottenham, who could move within one point of Solskjaer’s side with a win.