Man Utd need Jadon Sancho, Callum Hudson-Odoi AND Declan Rice to catch rivals – MERSON

Sign those three and Manchester United would be a force to be reckoned with again – and they are all young enough to get even better.

Imagine a forward line of Marcus Rashford with Sancho and Hudson-Odoi either side of him. I can’t think of a back four that would want to face that.

Their pace would frighten teams to death and that’s what United always used to be about and what they need to get back to.

Right now, they are miles behind the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool. Absolutely miles behind.

I’ve watched them closely for weeks. West Ham ripped them to shreds. Barcelona embarrassed them. Even Watford went to Old Trafford and came away disappointed to lose.

This is why I couldn’t believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got the job. This is a massive rebuild. Is he up to it? They need to spend major money this summer to give him a chance.

I don’t think Solskjaer is going to get four or five years to get this right. United just don’t have that kind of patience any more, even for one of their own.

If they’re not in the Champions League next season they won’t be able to attract any really big, world-class names either.

As a Chelsea fan I wouldn’t like to see Hudson-Odoi leave but from United’s point of view what a signing he would be.

He looks like he has big future and he took his England debut in his stride. That’s a very good sign if you ask me.

Put those two either side of Rashford and that front three would be feared around Europe. I think it ticks all the boxes.

United probably need a top-class defender as well but there are just aren’t many of them around at the moment.

They need to hold on to David De Gea as well because he has bailed them out multiple times this season and is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

It could take them a long time to be challenging for the title again, but if they get their recruitment right this summer it will give Solskjaer something to build on.

It must hurt United fans seeing Liverpool and City doing so well while their team is so far behind and they need to change that quickly.

They have wasted so much money on signings that just haven’t worked out and they need to get back to what made United great.

Signing good, young English players with pace would be a start, and they should do everything the can to do that this summer.

MANCHESTER CITY going out of the Champions League just makes it even MORE likely they will win the title.

All their eggs are in one basket now because if they finish this season winning only the two domestic cups then that is poor for them.

It depends how much the Quadruple was really in their minds. In public they’ve been saying the right things but if it was really the talk of the dressing room the disappointment is going to affect them.

I think they will beat Spurs on Saturday. They will be desperate to after what happened. They will also be able to bring in fresh legs.

Leroy Sane, Fernandinho and John Stones will probably all start and it won’t really affect them. Tottenham don’t have that luxury. Their squad looks stretched.

If City drop any points at all they are not going to win the league. They need to win every game. But if they get through the next two, they will be okay. And I think they will.

Form goes out of the window in a derby, but unless Manchester United improve dramatically I can’t see them taking points off City.

If City win these two games it’s their title to throw away really, and they have no big European midweek games to distract them, while Liverpool do. Advantage City for me.

TOTTENHAM are heading for the Champions League final.

Beating City was a phenomenal result, especially without Harry Kane for the second leg of that game, and they will believe they can go all the way now.

They need to rest players in the league now because this chance might never come again. These players could play for years and never get to another Champions League semi final.

You can’t underestimate Ajax after what they’ve done in the tournament so far. But Real Madrid and Juventus paid them no respect at all.

They just turned up expecting to win. They didn’t change the gameplan at all. Spurs will. Spurs won’t play that open against them.

If they are at their best, Tottenham will beat Ajax. They are better defensively than Madrid and Juventus.

Spurs keep saying they are a big club now with a big stadium, well here is a chance to prove it. They’ve come this far. Make the most of it.

Chances like this don’t come around too often.

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