Dimitar Berbatov identifies where Man United need priority signing
Ex-Man United striker Dimitar Berbatov urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to sign a new centre-half to bolster his defence
Manchester United need to prioritise signing a new centre-half before Monday’s transfer deadline, according to ex-Red Devils striker Dimitar Berbatov.
The Red Devils have struggled to strengthen their team in the 2020 summer transfer window despite securing their spot in the Champions League thanks to a third-placed finish last term.
Manchester United have only managed to sign Netherlands international Donny van de Beek in a £40m deal from Eredivisie side Ajax in the current transfer market.
The 20-time English champions have been linked with Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, FC Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele and FC Porto left-back Alex Telles over the past few weeks.
However, the Red Devils haven’t been linked with a new centre-half despite Victor Lindelof’s poor performances in the heart of the Manchester United side.
The Red Devils were credited with an interest in RB Leipzig centre-half Dayot Upamecano and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly at the start of the summer but concrete interest didn’t materialise.
Former Manchester United striker Berbatov is urging Manchester United to sign a new centre-half if Solskjaer wants to make significant progress this season.
“Man United should buy a centre-half – one or two,” Berbatov told Friday Football Social on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“This is the area of the pitch that is too easy for my taste. There is a lack of concentration, position awareness and discipline at centre-half.
“They need to make it a priority. Hopefully they’ll buy a centre-half before the window is over.”
Manchester United lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in their season opener as the Red Devils were exposed at the back by Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha.
The 20-time English champions bounced back with an unconvincing 3-2 win against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium last weekend after Bruno Fernandes scored an added-time winner from the penalty spot.
Manchester United will take on Spurs at Old Trafford on Sunday.