Paul Scholes has slammed the quality of Manchester United's starting XI, claiming that boss Louis van Gaal needs to sign five new players in order to challenge for the Premier League title next season.
The Red Devils are likely to be active in the summer transfer window and reports suggest they could splash another £150 million on new players as they did last summer after securing Champions League qualification.
Van Gaal has guided his side to fourth place with one game remaining, and Scholes believes he still has a long way to go in order to catch up with Chelsea who are 15 points ahead at the top of the table.
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The former Manchester United midfielder told Sky Sports: “I think United will be looking for maybe a centre-back, a right-back, possibly another goalkeeper, a top class centre-forward, and even maybe a wide player so that is five players.
After tearing apart Manchester United's team he continued: “We have seen them in the big games against the big teams and they have not been far away, they have probably played better against the big teams.
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“If they can carry that consistency through the season against mid to lower table teams then they might have a chance. They have a way to make up with Chelsea and Manchester City. Arsenal don’t worry me as much. But there is quite a gap between them top two and it’s gap they will have to have to bridge.”
Goalkeeper may have to be the first area Manchester United address with reports suggesting that David de Gea could be on his way out of the club. The Spanish international is out of contract next year and has so far refused to commit his future to the Red Devils amidst claims that he already has an agreement in place with Real Madrid.
Tottenham's Hugo Lloris has been suggested as a possible target while Van Gaal snapped up Victor Valdes in the January international and the former Barcelona shotstopper may be the man for the job in the short-term.
Van Gaal is likely to revamp his front line too when the summer window opens. Radamel Falcao is all but certain to return to Monaco when his loan spell ends, while there are doubts about the future of Robin van Persie too.
Mats Hummels was suggested as a possible target at centre-back but Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that the German international intends to stay put, while reports in Spain today claim that Van Gaal's top target Paul Pogba has a deal in place with Barcelona.
Paul Scholes has been utterly ruthless here - but he is probably right. For a team that has qualified for the Champions League they have problems in almost every position. They need a midfielder, centre-back, full-back, striker and probably a defender having already signed a winger - there's not many areas that are ok it seems.
However you wouldn't bet against Van Gaal going out and getting exactly what he needs this summer - and challenging for the title.
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