Rene Meulensteen: Missing out £58m duo huge blow for Man United

The former Man United No2 believes the Red Devils should have signed Mats Hummels and Renato Sanches

Rene Meulensteen has criticised Manchester United for failing to seize the chance to sign Mats Hummels and Renato Sanches.

The Germany centre-half has just agreed a deal to make the controversial move from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich despite being regularly linked with a move to United over the past 12 months.

There are not too many players available and especially having now missed out on the Champions League

Rene Meulensteen

Bayern also managed to snap up Renato Sanches in a £28m deal last week despite the Red Devils scouting the teenage prospect for the past number of months.

The impressive Benfica forward scored twice in 24 appearances in his first season in the senior team, attracting interest from a host of top clubs.

Former United assistant manager Meulensteen believes the Red Devils missed a trick not signing Hummels and Sanches to bolster their squad.

“They need to target a good strong centre-back and you could go with someone young with plenty of potential,” said Meulensteen, speaking to exclusively to 888 sport.

“In that respect I’ve seen the name of John Stones in the papers. I would have been a keen supporter of Hummels at Dortmund but he’s going to Bayern Munich now. He has a calming influence playing out from the back and a German international.”

Meulensteen added: “They might need a dynamic midfielder that gives the team rhythm and ticking over. They were looking at Sanchez but he too has gone to Bayern Munich. He is full of potential which has always been a policy of Manchester United.”

“There are not too many players available and especially having now missed out on the Champions League.”

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United finished in fifth place in the Premier League table behind Manchester United on goal difference following a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

Read the full 888sport interview with Rene Meulensteen here including his thoughts on how Sir Alex Ferguson would have reacted to the level of performance this season and why Scholes is right to criticise Louis Van Gaal.

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