Rio, Hargreaves slam Man Utd recruitment in £80m query

Date published: Thursday 27th May 2021 9:33 - Will Ford

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Rio Ferdinand and Owen Hargreaves have criticised Manchester United’s recruitment following their Europa League final defeat.

The result means United have gone fourth successive seasons without a trophy and takes shine away from their progress in the Premier League.

And Hargreaves insists this summer will be vital if United are to mount a serious challenge for the title and end their trophy drought.

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He’s urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to sign three players: a centre-back; a central midfielder; a right winger.

Hargreaves told BT Sport: “If they had won, that might have papered over the cracks and maybe you don’t really go out and get [signings].

“But now Ole might think they need three or four. That game, it needed someone to come on and make a difference.

“United have been a long way off at times over the last few years, I actually think they’re only three players off.

“I think all they need is a centre-back, a central midfielder and a right winger. For me, that’s all they need.

“That will cost you a few quid, but the fact of the matter is, when you know exactly what you need, it’s easier to go out and get it, whoever that’s going to be.

“If they can do that this summer, Sancho, Varane or Marquinhos, or Declan Rice, there are targets there that can make that United team better.”

Discussing United’s signings last summer, Hargreaves pointed out than neither Donny van de Beek or Amad came off the bench for them against Villarreal.

“Recruitment, Van de Beek didn’t come off the bench, Amad, that’s about £80m there,” he noted. “When they spend money this summer, they’ve got to get guys who can come on and change the game for them.”

While legendary ex-United centre-back Rio Ferdinand agreed and said: “This window is massive, it’s a massive window for Man United now.

“The recruitment team, the owners, the CEO, the manager, the staff need to go out and recruit the right players that fit the bill, to take this team from getting to finals and can’t get over the line, to finishing the job.

“It needs to be the right people, the right characters, and good enough players that add value to this team. For instance, we always talk about [Virgil] van Dijk being the catalyst for Liverpool over the last few years.

“What had he won in England before? He was at Southampton, they weren’t fighting for titles or in Europe. It’s the right characters, the right people who fit the team, the right profile to take you on and make the team better.”


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