PAUL SCHOLES has claimed that Manchester United are one transfer away from sustaining a title challenge.
The Red Devils brought the gap to leaders City back down to 10 points following a 3-1 win over Newcastle.
Paul Scholes wants Manchester United to sign a new centre-back to challenge for the top titlesCredit: Getty – Pool
Many believe Pep Guardiola’s men already have a third crown in four seasons in the bag – but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not giving up just yet.
However, Old Trafford legend Scholes insisted the current defence lacks the quality that other title-winning sides have boasted over the years.
He told BT Sport: “I think they’re missing a real, dominant centre-back.
“If you look back at history at the teams who win leagues, they have real leaders in their back four.
“I think Maguire possibly could be but I think they need someone with him who can be really dominant in that position, really commanding, can bully a centre forward, can demand from the rest of the squad around him, on and off the pitch as well.
“I don’t think they’re far off at all.
“I think the attacking play, the midfield play, Paul Pogba looks a brilliant player, the play we hoped we bought. Fred and McTominay are doing well, McTominay especially.
“The attacking players are a real threat. Greenwood is coming of age, he’s still a young player but the more games he plays the more star quality you’ll see, this lad could be a superstar.
“You’ve got Rashford, you’ve got Martial, okay he’s struggling for confidence but that lad’s got real ability.
“You’ve got the experience of Cavani, there’s goals in the team, we’ve not even spoke about Fernandes. There’s real goals in the team.
“I think a real dominant centre half with authority could tip United to that next level.”