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Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant Rene Meulensteen claims Manchester United are one signing away from title challenge

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Rene Meulensteen believes Manchester United are one signing away from challenging for the title
Rene Meulensteen believes Manchester United are one signing away from challenging for the title (Picture: Getty)

Sir Alex Ferguson’s former assistant Rene Meulensteen believes Manchester United are one signing away from a title challenge and says Harry Kane could turn Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side into Premier League contenders.

The Red Devils enjoyed a superb second-half to the 2019-20 campaign to climb to third in the Premier League, 15 points below Manchester City and 33 adrift of champions Liverpool.

Solskjaer’s side began to show the form necessary to mount a title challenge, however, and many expect Manchester United to put more pressure on Liverpool and City this season.

Meulensteen, who worked at Old Trafford for 12 years and as Ferguson’s assistant between 2007 and 2013, believes United are just one signing away from a title challenge.

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He told talkSPORT: ‘Obviously, there was a big, big gap there last year. And I think the gap started sort of in the early part of the season.

‘What is vitally important is that Manchester United are going to have a really good start to the season so they don’t lose any ground, they are in there and they keep competing.

‘Because that will grow the belief. I think we are maybe another good signing away; I keep saying they should bring in a really top, top striker.

Harry Kane was linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier in the summer
Harry Kane was linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier in the summer (Picture: Getty)

‘I think, for instance, if you were able to get Harry Kane – I don’t think they would be able to get him – I would say yes, they will compete for the title next year.’

The former Manchester United coach also responded to Danny Murphy’s suggestion that Paul Pogba will leave Old Trafford following the arrival of Donny van de Beek from Ajax.

‘I can see where Danny is coming from, in terms of playing basically three attacking-minded midfield players in one midfield,’ he added.

‘In certain games, you can get away with it because good footballers will always find a way to play with each other.

‘But if you come up against stronger opposition, then they will leave themselves short defensively because they are all not really defensive-minded players.

‘I can see where Danny comes from, so to insinuate does that mean Paul Pogba is gone? I’m not too sure.

‘I think there has been so many speculations over the past two seasons, when it came to the end of last season it became a bit more obvious that Ole made it clear he wanted to keep Pogba. I’m not too sure whether he will go.’

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