Steve McClaren thinks Man Utd need to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane or “someone of that ilk” more than they need a player like Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with Sancho over the last year or so but any deal now looks unlikely with Dortmund saying he will stay until the end of the season.
However, McClaren doesn’t think it is too much to worry about with Man Utd needing a goalscoring striker rather than another winger.
McClaren told talkSPORT: “The front four are so quick, they’re so exciting and they cause so many problems, and Martial is a fantastic player, but in the big games when it really matters he never looks like a true goalscorer. They need class in that position.
“I don’t think [Romelu] Lukaku fit into what Man United are all about, that high intensity, and I think they need that.
“The manager is helpless if the club don’t back him and go for the likes of Haaland. What a perfect fit he would have been. I’ve seen him for Dortmund and he’s an incredible player at 20. Imagine him in the Man United team, that would be spot on. So they’re not far away, but they have to spend the money and get the right players.
“I’ve seen Jadon Sancho play a lot for Dortmund and he’s very, very exciting, but he’s a little bit like Martial, [Marcus] Rashford and [Mason] Greenwood and I wonder, do they really need that?
“He’s not a No 9, and Martial, Rashford and Greenwood aren’t that either. You’ve got to get a fox in the box, a goalscorer and No 9 and they’ve got to find one quick.
“Yes, Sancho would improve the squad, but to win big games and to win cups, you need a No 9 and you need two damn good centre-backs. Haaland would have been perfect; a young talented striker, a No 9 who can play under pressure – they’re difficult to find.
“Harry Kane, will they get him out of Tottenham? I doubt it very much, but they need someone of that ilk.”