Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes his former club desperately need to recruit a new central midfielder this summer.
It promises to be a very busy summer at Old Trafford as new manager Erik ten Hag looks to improve the club’s fortunes upon his arrival from Ajax.
A number of players have been linked with the Premier League giants, with Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong emerging as a top target.
Following the departures of Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba, Ten Hag will look to bring someone of De Jong’s profile into the club.
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And United’s former right-back, Neville, has pinpointed central midfield as a pressing issue, claiming that the Red Devils need to bring in a new playmaker.
“I think, to be honest with you, I don’t know which area needs strengthening fully until we know which players the new manager likes,” Neville told the club’s official website.
“We know the areas they absolutely need to actually strengthen,” he added. “Central midfield is an absolute necessity. An absolute necessity. Manchester United need midfield players.”
Neville also reckons his former side need some more depth up front, insisting that signing a centre-forward to help take the burden off Cristiano Ronaldo “is a must”.
“They also need a centre-forward. I know Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to stay and he’s an absolutely brilliant performer, but they need a centre-forward. Centre-forward is a must.
“I think there’ll need to be a wide player, just to beef up the squad, and I think full-backs are absolutely critical in the modern game.
“[There are] four full-backs there, it’ll be interesting to see which two, three or four of those are liked.”
After multiple reports suggested United would struggle to convince De Jong into joining, they have had a breakthrough in their pursuit of the Dutch midfielder.
The Barcelona man has given the green light to a move as the Red Devils prepare their second bid, according to the Mirror.
Barca are desperately looking to raise funds and see the sale of De Jong as the perfect opportunity to do so.