Jose Mourinho says Manchester United’s summer transfer priority will be to replace Michael Carrick.
Carrick is set to retire and move up into a coaching role at Old Trafford at the end of the current season.
The midfielder has played just two games this season, with his first Premier League appearance coming in the defeat to Newcastle earlier this month.
He has earmarked Scott McTominay as his natural successor, but Mourinho says the club will replace him properly with a new signing.
“We need to sign a midfield player because we are going to lose Michael Carrick,” Mourinho said.
“Of course, we need balance in the team. I told you that one or two months ago when we were speaking about the market.
“When some of you keep saying that we are going to buy that striker, that winger, that left winger, that right winger, I told you two months ago.
“You can accuse me of many, many things, but you cannot say that I lied to you. When I don’t want to say things, I don’t say (them). But I don’t take you in other directions.
“When I told you a couple of months ago that we don’t want to sign any striker or any winger and, yes, we are looking, and we are going to try to sign a midfield player, I told you that two months ago.”