Manchester United will not challenge for the Premier League title next season if they only sign Jadon Sancho this summer, according to Liverpool legend Steve Nicol. Sancho remains United’s priority transfer target despite Borussia Dortmund stating the player will remain with them. The Red Devils are currently not willing to pay Dortmund’s asking price of £108million for the England international.
Sancho scored an impressive 17 goals in the Bundesliga last season and registered 16 assists.
But Nicol does not think his signing alone would bridge the 33-point gap between United and reigning champions Liverpool.
The former full-back says United currently have a strong front five of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.
But Nicol says the other six positions are up for debate and may need improving for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to be serious title challengers.
JUST IN: Man Utd completing Barcelona transfer would tick two of Solskjaer’s boxes
“No I don’t [think Sancho will make United title challengers], no,” Nicol told ESPN FC.
“The question is, is Jadon Sancho going to fit in? You already have Greenwood so I think you’re replacing goals with goals, or you’ve got competition between two players who have scored goals.
Get Sky Sports for just £25 per month for 3 months
Get BT Sport for HALF PRICE
“But it will be what happens in the middle of the park and defensively that will decide whether Manchester United will chase Liverpool or [Manchester] City this year.
“I think the front three, and certainly Fernandes and of course Pogba behind the front three, that’s a really good attacking five.
Premier League done deals: Every confirmed deal this summer so far [TRANSFERS]
Chelsea backed to make one signing because of Havertz and Werner [QUOTES]
Arsenal hero believes one player has played his final game for Gunners [QUOTES]
“Now, if you can sort the other five out plus the goalie, then you’re in business.”
United only conceded three more goals than Liverpool last season and one more than second-placed City.
But Nicol says it is the defence that remains the problem area for Solskjaer.
He added: “The question is, are they going to stop a sufficient amount of goals going in to be able to catch City and Liverpool? Because that to me at the end of the day was the biggest problem.
“They let too many goals in, they dropped too many points which put them out of contention far too early in the season.
“Yes they did great coming back but it’s easier to chase than it is to actually be in contention and stay in contention.”
This article contains affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission on any sales of products or services we write about. This article was written completely independently, see more details here
Source: Read Full Article