Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has urged the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to slam the brakes on negotiations with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho and instead pursue a deal for Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Woodward he wants Sancho at Old Trafford as his top priority this season.
United have a gaping hole in the right side of their attack which young striker Mason Greenwood fill towards the end of the season.
However, Meulensteen thinks it would be more beneficial to spend the £108million which Woodward has been quoted for Sancho on trying to sign a world class finisher.
“They’re bringing Jadon Sancho in, but more than anything, I would have gone for a more prolific out-and-out striker, somebody like Harry Kane,” Meulensteen told talkSPORT.
“There is so much creativity coming from midfield with [Bruno] Fernandes, [Paul] Pogba, [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial… they can all contribute to goalscoring.
“But [they need] somebody in the middle who’s going to score 25-plus goals. That will close the gap for United.”
Sancho netted 20 goals and registered 18 assists for his Bundesliga side this campaign.
And Meulensteen acknowledges that the 20-year-old will be a positive addition but is hesitant of the Red Devils being left short elsewhere.
“They’ve got a lot of various options up front with Martial, Rashford and Greenwood, who’s a fantastic finisher,” he added.
“Jadon is the one that would feature best on the right, coming in and using his pace and trickery. It would be a great addition.
“But at the same time, United need more to really become a force to compete for a Premier League title.
“He will have a fantastic future, he made that decision to move from Manchester City, he went to Dortmund, he’s done very, very well there.
“Now, it’s his time to make his mark in the Premier League and I’m sure he will at a club like Manchester United, so he has an unbelievable future.”
Meulensteen also explained why United need to strengthen in two other areas of the squad.
“They first need to solve and get clarity about the goalkeeping position because now there’s a debate about De Gea and the rumours with [Kasper] Schmeichel, but also [Dean] Henderson is there,” he said.
“So that needs to be solved to make sure that’s clear.
“People are on De Gea’s back, but he’s still a very good goalkeeper; he’s had a few blips this season, he needs to sort that out.
“They also need someone next to Harry Maguire to strengthen that [defence].”