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Man Utd need a middle half and a middle forward to catch Liverpool – Scholes

Red Devils legend believes reinforcements behind and in the final third is a must for next season

Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes believes the club still needs signings in two key areas to catch up with the departed champions Liverpool.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s fees have been in great shape since the season started in June after three months out due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Three wins and a draw in the Premier League have seen the Reds consolidate their position in the Champions League qualifying standings, while also going to the FA Cup semi-finals thanks to the victory over Norwich City last week.

On Saturday, one of United’s best seasonal performances was seen as far as Bournemouth sent in a 5-2 trashing at Old Trafford, with two-goal hero Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all found on the points sheet.

But they still face the possibility of completing 30 points or more behind their arch rivals from Merseyside, an issue that Scholes believes can only be solved in the transfer market.

“There’s a big gap to close, that’s no doubt,” Scholes explained BBC Radio Five Live.

“The difference in points is ridiculous and the quality of Man City is obviously there for all to see.

“I really don’t think they’re a million miles away. I know we were talking about four or five players but I think it’s two or three now.

“I think you’re looking at a middle forward, a really handsome goal scorer and possibly a middle half to play next [Harry] Maguire.

“I think [Victor] Lindelof has done well but I think only Maguire with his lack of pace sometimes [can get caught].

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“If he has a really dominant middle half next to him like a Rio Ferdinand or Jaap Stam, who is bullying forward, I think it would be a great help for the team.”

United are back in action on Thursday when they travel to Villa Park to face the space-threatened Aston Villa.

The Red’s victory this weekend helped them draw three points outside the sixth-placed Wolves, who went home to Arsenal to lose ground in the race for the last Champions League boat.

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