Manchester United must make at least one signing this month and also not allow Paul Pogba to leave the club, claims Liverpool legend Steve Nicol. Pogba has long been linked with a move away from United amid interest from Real Madrid. The Frenchman returned from injury last month but missed the 2-0 win at Burnley on Saturday and is also set to be absent from Wednesday’s trip to Arsenal.
United are currently fifth in the Premier League table, four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Nicol was asked by ESPN FC presenter Adrian Healey if United needed to make any signings this month to strengthen their top-four credentials.
“If Pogba stays but they don’t bring anyone else in, are they good enough for the top four?” Healey asked.
And Nicol responded by saying United must be active but also keep Pogba and use him in the right position.
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“I don’t think so,” Nicol replied.
“It’s definitely a fight between them, Chelsea and Tottenham for me for that fourth spot.
“But, right now, you can’t rely on them. And we’re talking about if.
“If they bring Paul Pogba back in, he has to be the one that is sitting off the centre-forward.
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“You put two defensive guys behind him, then you might start breaking down teams that you’re supposed to that they haven’t been able to do.
“But right now, I’m not putting money on them.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the money is there for him to make improvements in this transfer window.
However, the Norwegian is cautious not to disrupt his squad having won six of their last eight matches in all competitions.
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“I’m always an optimist,” Solskjaer said.
“I’m a striker by nature and I’ve always been an optimist. I’m optimistic we can keep players fit and if the right ones become available, we do have the resources and I do have the backing from the board, but it’s also about getting the right ones. It has to be.
“There is no point suddenly bringing someone else in now for the sake of it.
“[The wrong signings] can disrupt any good feeling or chemistry in the group, because the chemistry here is really good.
“It has to be the right type, and it has to be a good investment for the long-term as well.
“If we can keep this lot fit, keep improving and if you get one or two additions, that will be good competition for places.”
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