Dimitar Berbatov believes former club Manchester United need to make three signings this summer to reach a ‘higher level’.
However, they were nowhere near challenging Liverpool for the title – finishing a whopping 33 points off their great rivals.
They were 15 points behind second-place Manchester City and much improvement will be needed if they are to challenge for domestic glory next season.
Berbatov thinks there are three areas where United should strengthen in the summer transfer window, and wants to see them land a centre-half and a right-back to accompany the signing of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
‘They need a centre-back, maybe a right back also as Aaron Wan-Bissaka is the only option at the moment,’ Berbatov told Betfair.
‘It looks like Alexis Sanchez might stay at Inter permanently, which would make room for Jadon Sancho to go to United from Dortmund, and it would be a very interesting transfer.
‘But who, out of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood or Anthony Martial, makes way for Sancho?
‘If they get the England man and the defenders, they can improve to a higher level.
‘I don’t want to see Greenwood dropped at this point while he develops, he could be very special and has earned his chance to shine next season.’
He added: ‘By default, my opinion is United should be challenging for the title, even when going through difficult periods. It’s been a challenging few years, but the fact remains that United need to be challenging for the title.
‘They need to improve again to challenge Man City and Liverpool next season, but they can do it.
‘Every season is different and has its unique ups and downs, the teams you expect don’t always end up doing well, but with United you always expect them to be title contenders, especially if they make some signings.
‘The signing of Bruno Fernandes lifted the team massively. The team’s spirit changed when he came in, he has blended in really well, connecting the back four and the attack.
‘To step up and show that responsibility is huge, he’s been an amazing signing for them.
‘He’s important to United, but important to the players around him also. He’s been a very pleasant surprise, because usually one player doesn’t make such a difference. United need to maintain this level of consistency.’
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