Solskjaer told to sell four players and raise £150m for top player

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This season promises to be a huge one in the race for the title, and the race has already begun from the opening weekend of the season.

Manchester United started the opening day with a bang, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men put five past Leeds United.

United were seen as title contenders after that game, but the 1-1 draw with Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday has changed the perspective of many.

United looked in shambles as Anthony Martial held the line, and Manchester United legend Gary Neville has urged the club to go all out for a striker this summer.

According to Neville, United should get rid of Martial, Jesse Lingard, Daniel James and Juan Mata to raise funds and free the wage bill so that they can sign up Harry Kane from Tottenham.

The former Manchester United captain no longer believes that the signing of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane will win Manchester United the league.

Asked if he feels the arrivals of Sancho and Varane will be enough for United to win the title, Neville said on Sky Sports: “My gut feeling is no – they won’t have the same impact on Manchester United as Van Dijk and Alisson [at Liverpool] to get them up to 90-95 points they will need to win the league the league. I think they will still be short.

“Chelsea we’ve seen what they’ve done with [Romelu] Lukaku, we’ve seen that Van Dijk has come back for Liverpool, we know Manchester City are in for [Jack] Grealish and Kane. If they get Kane I think there’s a massive problem for United.

“I’m struggling to understand why Manchester United aren’t going that extra step this transfer window.

“Sancho’s £70 million was last year’s money. And I think with regards to Manchester United, they’ve always gone after the best player in the Premier League, the best English player, the best British player historically.

“Why is Martial, James, Lingard… you’re talking about potentially offloading a lot of wages there, potentially getting some transfer fees in.

“Why are they not going in for Harry Kane this week?

“Because if I think Harry Kane entered Manchester United you could get up to 90-95 points, without him [they won’t].

“They’re still going to have to replace [Edinson] Cavani and Martial next summer. Martial’s not going to do it, Cavani has only got one year left [on his contract].

“They’re going to have to buy a centre forward at some point. Why not get the man now and give Ole that impetus to get to that 90-point [target]. I don’t think they can with just Sancho and Varane.

“Manchester United will lose Martial and Cavani in the next 12 months, they’ll only have Mason Greenwood as a centre forward, [Marcus] Rashford [is best] on the left.

“I think Manchester United will need a centre forward in the next 12 months, the guy is available now if you pay £150m.

“You’ve got Martial, James, Mata and Lingard who I think, to be fair, we could do without them at the club.

“I personally think Kane coming in [to United] would be a differentiator.”

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