Manchester United boss, Olé Gunnar Solskjaer, has reiterated the need for his side to be expanded.
The Red Devils have had a fairly successful season, after finishing third in the Premier League and reaching the Semis of the FA Cup.
But Solskjaer believes the coming season will be even more tasking, and it is fitting to have a squad to match what is to come.
Speaking to the media ahead of United’s Sunday meeting with Sevilla in the Europa League, the Norwegian said: “We are not the finished article, nowhere near.
“They [Liverpool and City] are too far ahead of us. We want to go as far as we can in the Europa League, which means even less time off.
“We realise we are in a special moment because of the pandemic and to fit in all the competitions, this is the way it has to be. So you need a big squad for next season.
“It is not just about 12 or 13 players. You need 20, 21, 22 that you rely on because, if you play every three days for a full year, it is going to be mentally and physically difficult.
“We are always working towards having a competitive squad and the challenge for us now is to take the next step. That means winning trophies and closing to the top two, and also making sure the teams below stay behind us.”
United are yet to sign a player ahead of the coming season, despite the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and City adding quality talents to their sides.
The club recently suffered a setback in their pursuit of England international, Jadon Sancho, as Borussia Dortmund revealed the 20 year old was no longer for sale, following the end of the August 10 deadline they had issued to United.