Manchester United have shown some tremendous progress under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over the past year or so. This has been visible both in the team’s performances and results.
At this point of time, they are sitting at second in the Premier League table and took a massive step towards the final of the Europa League, after winning 6-2 in the first leg of their semi-final tie against AS Roma.
This would have been a huge boost for Solskjaer’s side, who have come up short in the semi-final stage of multiple competitions under the Norwegian manager in the past. And while we have seen some incredible comebacks in Europe over the past few seasons, the Red Devils will be the clear favourites heading into the second leg of the tie.
But despite the progress shown, it is clear that this team can improve even further and the ultimate aim should be to return to the top of English football and challenge in the Champions League. And Jamie Carragher believes that the club need a centre-back and a centre forward. While speaking on the Pitch to Post Preview Podcast and as reported by Sky Sports, he said:
"“I think they could maybe improve at centre-back but they need a young Cavani, basically. That’s what the club needs. They’ve persisted with Anthony Martial as the striker for a couple of years. He’s a good player, but I don’t think he’s a great player who’ll take them to a Premier League or Champions League title, which is what they need.“So two players at both ends of the pitch – a centre-back and a centre forward – and then I don’t think they’re that far away.”"
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Manchester United certainly need to make signings in those positions
The defence has done well overall throughout the course of the season. But we have also seen that they can concede poor goals sometimes. While the pairing of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof has been good in recent times in the heart of defence, there is a feeling that there can be further improvement in the position.
On the other end of the pitch, Edinson Cavani has shown that he can still lead the line for a top Premier League side. But at 34 years of age, he is not a long-term answer for Solskjaer. He has also had his fair share of injury issues and been linked with a move away in the summer.
Thus, these are two positions that Manchester United can certainly improve upon. And if the team can continue to show progress next season as well, there is no reason that they cannot challenge for the Premier League title.