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Manchester United must prioritise the arrival of a centre-back over other targets this summer, according to Ally McCoist. The former Rangers manager turned pundit has namedropped one player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should target.
It’s likely to be a busy summer of incomings and outgoings at United, as Solskjaer looks to add to his squad ahead of the 2021/22 season.
The current campaign has presented progress, with the Red Devils finishing second in the Premier League after accumulating eight more points than in 2019/20.
Fans have called for the club to focus on finally signing long-term target Jadon Sancho to fill the right-wing position and a defensive midfielder.
However, Solskjaer is reportedly eyeing a new centre-back to partner Harry Maguire next season, with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Villareal’s Pau Torres on the agenda.
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Speaking on TalkSPORT, McCoist claimed the acquisition of a central defender should be at the top of United’s summer to-do list.
McCoist suggested Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori, who has impressed on loan at AC Milan this term, could be an option to bolster that area.
He said: “I still think the centre-back position is a key priority for Manchester United.
“An interesting one is Tomori, what about him? Would you go and get him? They definitely need someone to play alongside Harry Maguire.
“Sancho would be a great signing, Kane would be a fantastic signing, Grealish would be a wonderful signing, but I don’t think it’s top of Manchester United’s priority list.
“I still think a central defender is top of that list. It wouldn’t surprise me to see them strengthen in that department.”
Tomori, 23, was loaned out by Frank Lampard at the start of the season and, despite making headlines in Italy, doesn’t seem to be in Thomas Tuchel’s plans at Stamford Bridge.
If United were to be interested in Tomori, they might have to act fast, as Fabrizio Romano reports Milan are planning to trigger the €28m (£24m) option to buy clause in his contract.
McCoist added that there had been a clear improvement on the pitch at United this season.
He believes the Red Devils’ season should be deemed ‘excellent’ if they win Wednesday’s Europa League final against Villareal in Gdansk.
“I’ve really enjoyed Manchester United this year. The level of improvement in their play has been there for everyone to see,” McCoist explained.
“Second place and a Europa League trophy would be an excellent season for Manchester United.
“In terms of to continue their improvement in their pursuit of Manchester City, a centre-back is an absolute priority.”
United’s transfer plans should accelerate once the biggest game of Solskjaer’s tenure so far is out of the way.
Tomori is an unlikely target, but a centre-back signing should be considered likely in the upcoming months.
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