Manchester United legend Roy Keane has advised Louis van Gaal to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Everton right-back Seamus Coleman when the transfer window re-opens this summer.
For the first time since the late 1980s, United will go two full seasons without winning a single trophy following their elimination from the FA Cup at the hands of Arsenal on Monday night.
And Keane, speaking at a fundraiser for Waterford United on Thursday evening, told the public that Van Gaal should do everything in his power to bring Pogba and Coleman to Old Trafford this summer in order to make United great again.
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Keane: United need Pogba and Coleman
"I think United need a centre half and midfielder and Seamus Coleman for right back," Keane said, according to the Irish Independent. "And I think that United should sign Paul Pogba for they need a presence and physical player in midfield.
"Pogba knows the league, is big and strong and is playing brilliantly for Juventus.”
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"People say United can't get Pogba but they should try."
Pogba likely to leave Juventus in near future
Pogba has been regularly linked with a move back to Manchester United, where the France international spent three of his formative years before joining Juventus in 2012, over the past 12 months.
The 21-year-old is now widely considered the best young box-to-box midfielder in world football, capable of producing just about everything on the pitch.
Pogba’s outspoken agent Mino Raiola has done little to quash speculation over his star client’s future, telling reporters earlier this week that seven top European clubs - possibly including the Red Devils - are keen to sign the midfielder.
And a big-money move away from Turin at the end of the season appears to be becoming increasingly likely with each passing week.
Real Madrid or Barcelona a more likely destination
Whether he will join Manchester United, though, is doubtful. It was reported earlier this month that Pogba is not interested in returning to Old Trafford and is more likely to end up at Real Madrid or Barcelona, who are permitted to sign players this summer despite their existing transfer ban.
Pogba could not, however, play for Barcelona until January 2016, when the club are allowed to register new signings once more.
Coleman is too expensive - Clyne a better option
United have more chance of signing Coleman, although the 26-year-old would almost certainly cost a fee in excess of £20 million to sign from Everton after signing a new five-year contract with the Toffees last summer.
The Republic of Ireland international has been one of the Premier League’s most consistent right-backs over the past couple of years, but whether he is worth such a large outlay is debatable.
With Barcelona’s Dani Alves reportedly off to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer at the end of the season, Van Gaal may step up his interest in Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne.
The England international is a realistic transfer target and would arguably be an upgrade on the inconsistent Rafael, who has failed to convince Van Gaal this season.
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