Ryan Giggs reveals how many signings Manchester United need to catch Liverpool

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs believes his former side need to sign three ready-mate ‘starters’ this summer if they’re to bridge the gap to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

The Red Devils sealed a spot in next season’s Champions League with a 2-0 win against Leicester City at the King Power stadium.

A third-place finish will be considered an achievement at Old Trafford given the club were 14 points behind Leicester just 12 matches ago.

United’s revenue will be boosted by around £80m thanks to their finish and it will be easier to attract players to Old Trafford given their financial strength and the fact they can offer Champions League football again.

Asked how significant it is that United will be playing Champions League football again, Giggs told Premier League Productions: ‘It’s huge. Attracting players as well. Some players will choose clubs that are in the Champions League and holding on to some too. It’s just huge.

‘Eventually when we get crowds back Champions League nights at Old Trafford are special.

‘Ole’s beginning to mould a team which is exciting. He said there that they were running out of legs a little bit. After lockdown he’s played the same team more or less which he had to because they’re on such a good run so it was hard to chop and change.

‘I agree with Tim [Sherwood] they need three players I would say that can go into the starting XI even to challenge for the league and the champions league next year.’

Solskjaer sent a message to his board after the victory in the Midlands that they now need to back him this summer.

‘The club knows what I feel we need, but that’s up to the club to go and sort that out,’ said Solskjaer.

United are keen on signing Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and the England international is interested in joining the Red Devils.

The club had been confident of signing Sancho before the pandemic hit but they’re now unwilling to meet Dortmund’s £120m valuation of the winger.

Elsewhere, Jack Grealish is another target. However, Villa’s survival means the club will not accept a cut-price fee for the 24-year-old.

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