Gary Neville has highlighted the key areas he expects Manchester United to strengthen in the summer transfer window.
United are currently second in the Premier League table, five points behind leaders Manchester City, who have a game in hand.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down his side’s title prospects this season.
Neville also thinks that United will miss out on top spot this time around – but hopes they can assemble a squad capable of mounting a serious challenge for domestic honours next term.
That is likely to involve doing some more business in the transfer market at the end of the current campaign.
Neville believes his former club will look to sign another central defender and possibly a full-back.
He suggested the goalkeeping situation may need to be addressed in the light of David De Gea’s recent form, and is waiting to see if another forward is required.
“I would expect that there will be that centre-back in the club, (and) maybe another full-back,” Neville said on his latest podcast.
“The goalkeeping situation is one that needs monitoring, no doubt.
“Right wing will be interesting, and centre forward, depending on how (Mason) Greenwood settles in the last few months of this season.”
United signed centre-back Harry Maguire from Leicester City in 2019 for £80million – a world record fee for a defender.
They are understood to have shown interest in Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig and remain admirers of Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer is said to regard Kalidou Koulibaly among the best centre-backs in the world.
United have England international Dean Henderson as back-up for De Gea in goal as things stand.
At the other end of the pitch, Edinson Cavani could sign up for another season at Old Trafford, which would allow United to delay plans to bring in a long-term striker until next year, unless they make a move for Erling Haaland in the summer.
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Manchester United smashed nine goals past Southampton on Tuesday night as they bounced back from disappointing results against Sheffield United and Arsenal in emphatic fashion.
The game was effectively over as a contest inside the first two minutes as Southampton were reduced to 10 men, but United still had to find the goals and they did exactly that, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial (two), Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Daniel James all getting on the scoresheet.
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United targeted another Borussia Dortmund forward, Jadon Sancho, last summer but the England international ended up staying put for the time being.
They did complete the signing of teenage winger Amad from Italian side Atalanta in January, and will be waiting to see how he develops.
The 18-year-old has already scored three goals and provided three assists in two outings for the under-23s since his arrival, and is being tipped to make his first-team debut this month.