Former Manchester United star Owen Hargreaves believes that his old team need three signings to reach the top of English and European football again, reported The Mirror.

Hargreaves was a part of the United side which won a league and European double in 2008 and gave his views on their progress under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United have hit form of late thanks to January signings Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo and are unbeaten in the last ten matches across all competitions.

However, the former English midfielder claimed that the side still lacks some quality especially on the right wing and in midfield.

“It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality,” he said.

“If you can have a Jadon Sancho – they need a right winger – Sancho playing off the right hand would make a huge difference.

“Bellingham is 16 or 17, he’s going to be a super player but you need someone right now. I think they need an Ndidi type, a defensive sitter. If you have Pogba and Fernandes then I think you need a defensive one there.”

Hargreaves identified defence as another area where the Red Devils should consider bringing in reinforcements.

“I think they also need a left-sided centre-back. They have Lindelof, Maguire, Bailly but a left-sided centre-back would make a big difference.”

United’s recruitment in the past two windows has been their best since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson with a clear visible strategy in place.

Combined with the latest crop of promising talents to emerge from the academy, United’s squad certainly looks like one of the most exciting ones in the long term.

Sancho has reportedly been on United’s radar for a while and if CEO Ed Woodward manages to pull off the signing, the Red Devils will be firmly back at par with the European elite.

However, the club must secure Champions League football next season to ensure that they can attract talents like Sancho and Ndidi.

United currently sit in fifth place, three points behind Chelsea in fourth, which may be sufficient to ensure Champions League football given Manchester City’s impending European ban.

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