Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has encouraged Jose Mourinho to place emphasis on signing a midfielder of £90million player Toni Kroos’ calibre this summer whilst also pursuing an imposing centre-back.
United have already done some of their transfer business with the signings of midfielder Fred and teenage right-back Diogo Dalot but Giggs believes there is still plenty of improvement left to be made with the squad.
In a report covered by M.E.N, Giggs highlighted the need for another central defender in the ranks but also made it clear that the midfield could be worked upon ahead of next season.
He said: “In midfield I’d like to see – we’ve been saying it for a long time, we thought Pogba would be that attacking midfielder I would like to see. They don’t grow on trees unfortunately, a Modric, a Kroos type who can keep the ball. And also I think a centre half we need.
“All the successful United teams over the years – (Gary) Pallister, (Steve) Bruce, Jaap Stam, (Rio) Ferdinand, (Nemanja) Vidic – they’ve always had top class centre halves. Again, they don’t grow on trees. Who do we get, I don’t know, but I think a midfielder and centre half are vital.”
Despite Giggs’ comments, Mourinho may not prefer to recruit a ball-playing midfielder, given he has often given preference to players, who can offer more physical prowess on the playing field.
Nevertheless, there appears a genuine need for another central midfielder than a centre-back next season, considering both Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic could return late from their World Cup duties.
Matic, in particular, appeared to struggle from fatigue during the backend of the Premier League campaign and Serbia’s progress to the knockout stage could potentially witness him being offered an extended break than others.
As things stand, Ander Herrera could be joined by the likes of Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira in midfielder during the start of pre-season. Marouane Fellaini, however, look on his way out of Old Trafford on a free transfer.