Manchester United have struggled to replicate the success the club had in the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.
United are yet to taste Premier League title success since Ferguson left the club, and the club has now appointed four managers since Ferguson’s departure in 2013 – David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Solskjaer was appointed as caretaker manager in mid December and then got the job permanently last month. Solskjaer’s appointment in December saw Manchester United get a change in form as United started to win games consistently, but their form has dropped in recent games as United have lost five of their last seven games.
Former Arsenal star Paul Merson believes Manchester United must target the signings of three of England’s most exciting young players if they are to challenge for the Premier League title again in the near future. He has urged Solskjaer to sign Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, former Manchester City youngster Jadon Sancho and West Ham’s Declan Rice, hinting that these youngsters will develop and make Manchester United great again.
He said: “I don’t think Solskjaer is going to get four or five years to get this right. United just don’t have that kind of patience any more, even for one of their own.
“If they’re not in the Champions League next season they won’t be able to attract any really big, world-class names either.
“But if they invest in younger talent like Rice, Sancho and Hudson-Odoi they would be getting players who could make an impact straight away but also get better.
“Imagine what those three would be like in four or five years? Rice could be running the England midfield by then, Hudson-Odoi and Sancho could be two of the best wingers in Europe.
“Those are three of England’s brightest talents. Give it time and suddenly we could be talking about United dominating Europe again. They are that good.
“Sancho has had the balls to leave a big club and go and play in a foreign country to prove he is good enough, and he’s now reaping the rewards.
“He’s involved in a title race and has got into the England team, and he looks like he has bags of confidence. I’m very impressed with him.
“As a Chelsea fan I wouldn’t like to see Hudson-Odoi leave but from United’s point of view what a signing he would be.
“He looks like he has big future and he took his England debut in his stride. That’s a very good sign if you ask me. Put those two either side of Rashford and that front three would be feared around Europe. I think it ticks all the boxes.”