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Manchester United need a complete overhaul of their squad, according to former star Gordon Hill, who wants to see ‘at least six players’ follow Erik ten Hag through the door this summer. United’s final game of the season can’t come quick enough for some fans with most wanting to turn their backs on what has been a disastrous campaign.
Major changes are expected in the summer transfer window, starting with a host of players leaving. Ten Hag will likely be given a hefty budget to make the changes he wants to return United back to the top of the table.
Making United one of the giants of English football again will likely take more than one transfer window. But Hill, who won the 1977 FA Cup with United, feels six signings are needed this summer to give Ten Hag the boost he needs going forward.
“I’ll be blunt with it,” he wrote for the Talk of the Devils. “From the evidence of this season I think United need at least six players, and possibly more, if we want to be competing for Cup finals and league titles.
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“One thing you can say under Ralf Rangnick is just about every player at the club has now been tried and tested – anyone who claims they haven’t had a chance already had theirs a long time ago. Many league games have been used to evaluate who can perform and who doesn’t; who will perform and who won’t.
“We can safely say it’s not gone very well under Ralf, but the one thing we can take from it is that it’s now much more clear to identify the players who it is time to move on, on top of the ones whose contracts are expiring anyway. And that number is roughly equal to the number of players we need to bring in. Already Ten Hag is dealing with a lot of speculation about the players he will sign and as you would expect all the big names are being mentioned.
“That’s all well and good but I’ve said this for years – going back to when Louis van Gaal was spending money like it was going out of fashion – it’s not about getting someone in because they have a high price tag and are available. United need the right players with the right profile and attitude who are actually going to add something to the squad and team.”
The Red Devils won the FA Youth Cup last week for the first time since 2011, a year that produced first-team stars such as Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba. And Hill wants to see his former club look to youth in the immediate future as they have done in the past.
He added: “I was heartened by the FA Youth Cup success last week. That has to be the track the club is on – to get back to offering that pathway. There are some great prospects in that team and they now have to be given a chance, or at least monitored, and given the right guidance to give them the best chance to succeed.
“That is one way to keep the club as healthy as possible and of course it’s what Manchester United stands for.”
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