Former Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham has revealed the number of signings new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag must make this summer in order to improve on last season’s disappointment.
Ten Hag was hired by the club to oversee a rebuild of Manchester United following last season’s sixth place finish in the Premier League.
Not only did Manchester United miss out on Champions League football, the Red Devils accumulated just 58 points – the club’s worst total since the 1989-90 season.
Sheringham believes Manchester United have a long way to go to be competitive next season.
According to Sheringham, Manchester United need to bring in ‘five or six top players’ if the Red Devils are to close the gap to arch rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
Sheringham told Lord Ping, as reported in The Sun: “United need reinforcements across the pitch. In particular centre midfield, centre forward and on the wings.
“We’re looking at five or six top players needing to come in. You need players to come in with the right character who appreciate the size of the task and are ready to get United back to where they should be.
“It’s a massive challenge. From a player’s point of view, if you were to pick between City or United, then you’re going to pick City every time at the moment.
“As a player, you want to play with the best players. Top players would love to slot in alongside [Kevin] De Bruyne or any of the world class players City have, the list is endless.
“They are the champions and they will be challenging for everything next season.
“When you look at Manchester United, you don’t see that. There isn’t anyone there performing at the moment. It’s such a despairing thought.
“If Ten Hag goes in there and turns things around, everything can change very quickly.”
Manchester United have already fallen behind our Premier League rivals in the transfer window so far.
While the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool have all made new additions, Manchester United have not yet completed any deals.