Roy Keane says Manchester United ought to goal Harry Kane and Jack Grealish this summer season if they’re to mount a Premier League title problem subsequent season.
Manchester Metropolis require two extra factors to be confirmed as champions, with Pep Guardiola’s aspect 13 factors forward of their neighbours having performed a further fixture following Sunday’s postponement of United’s match against Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Keane was requested what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect want with a purpose to compete with Metropolis subsequent season, and the previous United midfielder believes Kane and Grealish would considerably shut the hole on their title rivals.
“I nonetheless really feel they’re two or three gamers away from difficult Man Metropolis,” Keane advised Sky Sports activities. “They’re brief. They nonetheless want a world-class striker, they want one other midfielder and in addition probably a centre-half. However I would prioritise a striker and a midfielder.
“The 2 gamers who I’ve considered over the previous couple of weeks who I really feel could be sensible for Man Utd are Harry Kane up entrance – no matter it prices – and I would go along with Jack Grealish. I really feel United are nonetheless in need of that particular participant. I believe Grealish would give them that and I really feel he would take pleasure in taking part in at Outdated Trafford.
“The followers would love him. What I like about Jack is he is obtained nice braveness on the soccer pitch. He all the time needs the ball in tight areas. We have seen over the past yr or two his finish product has improved. He is a wonderful participant and clearly Kane would assure objectives.
“Wouldn’t it be troublesome to get these two gamers? You guess your life it could be, however Man Utd should exit and attempt to signal one of the best in any other case we’ll be having the identical conversations subsequent yr about being almost there. Jack could be prepared for Man Utd. He is performed nicely for Aston Villa, an excellent membership who’re doing very nicely, however Jack’s obtained to be egocentric.
“He is obtained to look to step as much as the subsequent degree.”
Keane believes Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Grealish might all play in the identical group, however added: “If there’s an issue over having one or two too many, then they’ll transfer Pogba on. Why not? If Grealish is available in, do away with one or two of them.
“They’re just a little frightened about Pogba’s contract with him shifting into his final yr, but when they are going to money in on him, do it this summer season. You possibly can’t have sufficient high quality gamers at a membership like Man Utd.
“Once I was a hit right here, we had about 4 strikers and nobody frightened about the place we would match them in. It was a pleasant downside to have if you’re attempting to win the large prizes. Man Utd have not confirmed they’ll problem.
“There’s been massive enchancment over the previous yr for Ole, however the subsequent step is the largest and the toughest one for the membership.
“I nonetheless assume they want a centre-half however their precedence could be to get two attacking gamers and they are going to should spend round £200m to get the 2 gamers I’ve talked about.
“They do want one other centre-half, with a bit extra tempo. That is the issue for United as they may need to have the ability to push increased up the pitch. They’re always frightened within the massive video games utilizing two sitting midfielders and that is as a result of they’re frightened concerning the two centre-halves – extra with their tempo than the rest.
“They’re good strong defenders, notably [Harry] Maguire, however if you speak concerning the actually massive video games, it is an issue for Manchester United. They should get any person, in fact.”
Would Grealish slot in at Man Utd?
On the prospect of Grealish becoming a member of United, Micah Richards stated: “Jack’s the most effective gamers I’ve ever performed with – not simply among the many younger gamers. The way in which he beats folks, he isn’t afraid of giving the ball away and his numbers have improved. The Villa group has obtained stronger, however he is such an unimaginable expertise and he is an excellent higher individual as nicely.
“To return and slot in a dressing room at Man Utd or wherever that could be, he is obtained the drive and the willpower to be one of the best. There have been instances the place he wasn’t doing a lot within the gymnasium however he is now obtained so much stronger, he buys numerous fouls, and he is labored extraordinarily exhausting in coaching.
“There was just a little bit earlier than about his private life, however in the case of soccer he’s completely motivated to get to one of the best he could be. If he had been to depart Villa, he’d have the ability to deal with it on the highest degree.”
Jamie Carragher stays unconvinced that Grealish would swimsuit a transfer to United, telling Sky Sports activities: “I do not assume he’d slot in at Outdated Trafford, not as a result of he isn’t participant however due to who they have already got on the membership.
“They’ve already obtained Paul Pogba taking part in on the left, they have Fernandes they usually’ve obtained Marcus Rashford who likes to play on the left.
“I do not assume he is a should for Manchester United however he is undoubtedly obtained the standard. Grealish likes to run with the ball and there aren’t too many gamers like that.”
When requested who must be the No 1 at Outdated Trafford subsequent season, Keane added: “I would nonetheless give the younger goalkeeper [Dean] Henderson an opportunity. Why not?
“I would give him one other season as there are different positions which can be extra essential. He is been out on mortgage, he is been within the background. OK, he is made one or two errors in the previous couple of weeks, however he deserves an opportunity.”