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4 signings that could turn Manchester United into Premier League title contenders next season

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Top 5 / Top 10
15 May 2019, 20:39 IST

Koulibaly could be the answer to United's defensive woes
Koulibaly could be the answer to United's defensive woes

Manchester United endured a disappointing 2018/19 season that promised a lot but ended in a whimper. The Red Devils watched as every other top club in the country found a reason to cheer at the end of the season. For United though, there was plenty to ponder about and not much to celebrate.

Thankfully, summer is coming. This might be United's most important transfer window in almost a decade, because of the amount of rebuilding that is required at the club. Today, we have isolated the four men who United need to target in the summer. The expected budget we are looking at is £250m, and since there will be quite a few departures in the club, one-third of this amount could be recovered in the window itself.

If United do manage to get these men, they will be able to compete with the likes of City and Liverpool in the Premier League. With the right attitude, they might even become a force in Europe as well. But who are these four men who can turn Manchester United into Premier League Champions next season? Read on to find out.


#4 Ruben Neves (Position - Central Midfield)

Neves has been brilliant for Wolverhampton Wanderers this season
Neves has been brilliant for Wolverhampton Wanderers this season

United probably did not need a midfield reinforcement in the summer, however, they made a blunder by letting Ander Herrera leave. This means that Solskjaer needs a replacement for the Spaniard in the summer.

Also Read: 5 Reasons why United were wrong to let Ander Herrera leave.

Even though finding the perfect replacement for the Spaniard might not be easy, Ruben Neves could fit United's requirement right now. The Portuguese has averaged a distance of 10.70 Km per game this season, which is far superior to the midfielders in United's possession. He has 4 goals and 3 assists from 35 appearances in the Premier League and is a combative midfielder who can tackle hard. In fact, Neves has averaged 2.1 tackles and 2.1 interceptions per game in the league this season.

The Portuguese is also a threat going forward, he has averaged 2.1 shots and 55 passes per game and has 81.2% pass success rate, because he tries more forward passes. He has registered 11 through ball this season in the league and also has 212 accurate long balls to his name.

Neves could be a fine addition to this United side, he would bring the steel in the middle that United need to go forward. However, the Portuguese will cost £40m at least, depending on United's bargaining power. Neves is Premier League proven and is just 22 years old, so he would certainly suit United's requirements. If Solskjaer does get his man, it will give United a massive advantage in the middle of the park.

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