Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has named two players Manchester United should sign if they want to become a “major force”.
Prior to the unprecedented football hiatus, the Red Devils had been in great form, remaining unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions and winning eight of those.
However, United still look far from being a Premier League title-winning team, and as such will likely bolster their ranks in the summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks to put together a high-calibre team.
The addition of Bruno Fernandes has made a huge difference to the United squad and Merson reckons that adding Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish would take the Red Devils to the next level.
Aubameyang has 20 goals for the Gunners this season, and 61 in total for the North London club (Transfermarkt), but his contract is up in the summer of 2021 with no breakthrough of a new deal as of yet.
Grealish, meanwhile, has nine goals and eight assists for Villa this season despite being in the Premier League relegation zone, and few expect him to stay at the club in case of a return to the Championship.
“If you look at United and the way they played against Manchester City a couple of weeks ago, I thought they were very, very good,” Merson wrote on Sky Sports. “You looked at them and thought they have got a chance, especially if they could also get hold of a couple more players, especially a creative midfielder.
“You couldn’t help but be impressed with their performance and if they were to sign Aubameyang and they also got someone like a Jack Grealish, are they big players? They would be a major force, in my opinion.
“They are crying out for someone who is going to score them 20 to 25 goals, and that’s what Aubameyang can bring. He gets you 25 goals without even breaking sweat. Add a Grealish if they can get him and then you’ve got Bruno Fernandes as well playing in behind a striker, Manchester United will be a major force.”
Aubameyang and Grealish have been two of the Premier League’s standout players this season and as such they would increase the quality of any team.
A further £115million on top of the reported £47million fee for Fernandes (BBC Sport) is a hefty sum but, should United have the budget, they would certainly be getting themselves a fearsome front line.