MANCHESTER UNITED must spend in the January transfer window to avoid missing out on a top four place.
That’s the view of Sky Sports pundits Charlie Nicholas and Dennis Wise, who say that Jose Mourinho needs to sign some readymade players in order to catch their rivals.
The Red Devils make the trip to Bournemouth on Saturday currently in eighth spot in the Premier League, five points behind Arsenal in fourth.
It has been a poor start to the campaign for the 13-time Premier League champions, who have lost three of their first ten games.
And with rivals Manchester City and Liverpool starting their season’s unbeaten, the Old Trafford faithful are not best pleased with what they are currently seeing.
“United need to go big in the market in January and sign readymade players”
Speaking before United’s game against the Cherries, Mourinho insisted he was still confident of breaking into the top four this season.
But, speaking on Sky Sports The Debate, former Arsenal forward Nicholas has his reservations.
“Are they better than Arsenal? Probably when they are on their game,” he said. “But they have to win games to close the gap and I am still not convinced they will make the top four.
“Arsenal are catchable because their defence are trying to understand their new manager. Tottenham are going through a bit of a change and don’t seem to know their best formation.
“Chelsea are probably still too reliant on Eden Hazard but are probably above the two north London sides.
“They are catchable, but United would need to go big in the market in January and sign readymade players.”
United have picked up their form in recent weeks, taking seven points from their last nine available.
And former Chelsea midfielder Wise agrees with Mourinho that United will make the top four.
“I think United will be looking at the top four and thinking they can get above Arsenal and Tottenham,” he said.
“They have had a poor start and the amount of goals they have conceded is not like a Jose Mourinho team. Usually they don’t give a lot away, so things have not been quite right, but I think – looking at the players they have got and the fact I think they will buy big in January – they will make the top four.”
Mourinho has reportedly met with United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to discuss transfer targets for both January and next summer’s windows.
And Wise believes they will need to strengthen as soon as it is possible to do so.
“I think you are looking at the two centre-halves,” he said. “I think that was his main concern in the summer.
“They need a full-back on the right side too, I am sure he would like an established right-back.
“I am sure there a few slots he wants to fill to make the team. This team, the way they are playing and the goals they are conceding, it’s not a Jose Mourinho team.”