Rio Ferdinand wants to see Manchester United bring in “superstars” like Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe as part of the club’s summer recruitment drive.
The Red Devils have slightly exceeded expectations in the Premier League this season as they sit in second place, seven points ahead of defending champions Liverpool.
The likes of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Sevilla defender Jules Kounde have been linked with summer transfers to Old Trafford.
And Ferdinand thinks the club need to bring in a “a commanding centre back with pace” and a centre forward this summer.
“Manchester United were playing catch up from everybody last season,” Ferdinand told the FIVE YouTube channel. “They finished 30 points behind Liverpool last season, now they’re above them.
“That’s a big, big achievement in that sense. We were not sitting there last season thinking Manchester United would win the league this season or be up there.
“Four or five weeks ago we were saying that, so I see that as a massive step in the right direction. Is this team in a better position than they were last season? Yes they are. Is there still work to do? Yes there is.
“But I see progress. I still see room for improvement, we definitely need to buy a centre-back, a commanding centre back with pace, please!
“I think [Edinson] Cavani, yes, he’s a good stopgap but [we need] a centre forward. If people like Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe are available, you can’t allow them to go somewhere else and you need to move heaven and earth to get them here.
“Manchester United are used to having superstars and those boys would change the narrative at this football club, that’s how good they are. There’s room for improvement and opportunity to improve this squad, there’s players out there available, it seems. We need to be in the mix.”