Rio Ferdinand names the three starters Man Utd need to sign to win the title

Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United still need to make significant investments despite moving up into the Champions League places, with three new starters required.

The Red Devils moved up to fourth place in the Premier League table – at least until Chelsea take on Watford in the evening – after a thrilling 5-2 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.

United’s front three of Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all got on the scoresheet, while Bruno Fernandes netted in another superb display from the Portuguese.

Despite United’s excellent run of form, Ferdinand is not getting too carried away and believes three new players are required in the starting XI to help reinforce the spine of the team and turn the side back into title contenders.

Asked what United are missing, Ferdinand said on BT Sport: ‘I think they need to add three starters minimum.

‘I’m talking definitely a centre-back, with pace. You’ve got Harry Maguire there who they’ve invested huge amounts in. I think he’s not someone blessed with pace, he’s got other attributes that you like. But you need someone with pace to be able to sit alongside him and cover.

‘Another midfielder to go in there who can dominate physically as well and we can actually understand defensive positions. Yes, Scott McTominay has been a fantastic addition as a young player coming in, the experience as well.

‘And I think even in the forward areas another player to come in and really rival that front three and be a part of that and add goals.’

Talking specifically about the need for a new centre-back, Ferdinand continued: ‘I think you see Liverpool dominating at the moment and one of the things they have got is they just allow their team to push forward in droves because they have two centre halves who can stand on the halfway line and play man-for-man because they have that pace, that defensive nous to play man to man and be able to run 30 or 40 yards back to their goal knowing that they probably win most foot races.

‘Man United don’t have that now at this moment in time and I think the recruitment will be looking at that area for sure.

‘There’s horses for courses. There are certain players who are good at certain things. Lindelof isn’t someone who you would back in a race back to his own goal from halfway line and I think Maguire is the same.

‘I think if you’ve got two like that I think that leaves you open to counter attacks as we’ve seen many times this season. They’ll be looking to sure that area of the team up definitely because I think that will be something that will come back to haunt them over and over again. It’s something that does creep into their game more often than not.’

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