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Scholes names eight key Manchester United stars and identifies transfer priority

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Paul Scholes wants Manchester United to sign a ‘dominant’ centre-back partner for Harry Maguire in the summer to compete for the Premier League title next season.

United climbed back up to second-place in the table with a 3-1 win over Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

It took a while for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s side to get going but Marcus Rashford found the back of the net on 30 minutes to give the hosts the advantage.

However, Allan Saint-Maximin capitalised on some uncertainty in United’s defence to level the game for the travelling Magpies.

Daniel James put the Reds back ahead, however, to score his second goal in as many games, before Bruno Fernandes wrapped up the win with a confident penalty.


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United are now back to within 10 points of Manchester City, who comfortably top the table as things stand, and Scholes has told his former club the areas they need to address in the summer in order to reduce that gap, while he also singled out eight key men.

“I said before the game, I think they’re missing a really dominant centre-back,” the United legend said on BT Sport. “The team that win leagues have real leaders in the back four, I think Maguire possibly will be but they need someone with him who can be dominant in that position, can bully a centre-forward, can demand from the rest of the squad around him, on and off the pitch.

“I don’t think we’re far off at all. I think the attackers, the central midfielders – Paul Pogba looks a brilliant player, the player we hoped we’d bought.

Fred and McTominay are doing well; McTominay especially and the attacking players – young Greenwood, who’s coming of age now, really, he’s still a young player. The more games he plays, the more star quality we’re going to see – this lad can be a superstar.

“They’ve got Rashford, Martial, who’s struggling a little bit with confidence, but he has real quality. You’ve got the experience of Cavani, you’ve got goals in the team and I’ve not even spoken about Fernandes.

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Manchester United made heavy weather of their 3-1 win over Newcastle in the Premier League, eventually getting the job done at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes were on the scoresheet as United got back to winning ways in the league. They face Real Sociedad on Thursday, after hammering the Spanish side 4-0 in their Europa League first leg.

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“I just think a real dominant centre-back with authority could take United to that next level.”

For United, they play the second-leg of their Europa League tie with Real Sociedad on Thursday – where some key players could be rested with the 4-0 aggregate advantage.

Just three days later, Solskjaer’s side are back on the road as they make the trip down to the capital to face Chelsea.

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