Darren Fletcher believes Manchester United could need as many as five more signings to challenge Liverpool for the Premier League title.
Donny van de Beek has been the only new arrival at Old Trafford in this window. And although Fletcher believes it is hard for United in the market, he has told the club they need between three and five transfers before the deadline on October 5th.
“We know it’s more difficult for Manchester United to sign players. The value goes up, the negotiations are difficult,” Fletcher told Sky Sports.
“But at the same time they will be frustrated – Ole, the fans, everybody around the club – by the fact that Chelsea and other teams can do their business early, and that other teams have spent a lot of money already while Manchester United look like they are going to leave it last minute.
“For me, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, for the job he has done for the club, from where it was to what it is now, deserves the players he wants in.
“He’s always got the best interests of the club at heart, I know that, but sometimes Ole has to look after himself as well, because he’s going to be judged season on season.
“People don’t look at the work you’ve done, they want the here and now, and for Manchester United to get to where they want, they need players.
“They need three, four, five players to get anywhere close to challenging Liverpool. If they don’t recruit, they are going to find it tough to finish top four.”
Fletcher added that he believes Solskjaer’s position could be in danger if United don’t strengthen, echoing the words of former United teammate Roy Keane in sending a message straight to the club’s board.
“I would hate all that pressure and criticism to go on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, because I feel he’s done a fantastic job,” said Fletcher.
“The board have to back him. Ole will have identified targets and so will the club. They’ve got five or six days to get him some help and get him some players in.”