Callum Hudson-Odoi is yet to sign a new contract at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson believes Manchester United must target the signings of three of England’s most exciting young players if they are to challenge for the Premier League title again in the near future.
After a record breaking start to his tenure, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has presided over a run of five defeats from seven games which has seen his side crash out of Europe and lose ground in the race to qualify for the Champions League.
Jose Mourinho’s successor is expected to over an unprecedented summer of spending at Old Trafford and last week promised he would be ruthless in terms of ridding his squad of players he deems not fit for the task ahead.
Romelu Lukaku is expected to lead a significant clear-out and former Arsenal star Merson believes United’s recruitment strategy should focus on signing the likes of Declan Rice, Chelsea contract rebel Callum Hudson-Odoi and former Manchester City starlet Jadon Sancho.
He said: ‘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.
‘But if they invest in younger talent like Rice, Sancho and Hudson-Odoi they would be getting players who could make an impact straight away but also get better.
‘Imagine what those three would be like in four or five years? Rice could be running the England midfield by then, Hudson-Odoi and Sancho could be two of the best wingers in Europe.
Borussia Dortmund want in excess of £100million for Jadon Sancho (Picture: Getty)‘Those are three of England’s brightest talents. Give it time and suddenly we could be talking about United dominating Europe again. They are that good.
‘Sancho has had the balls to leave a big club and go and play in a foreign country to prove he is good enough, and he’s now reaping the rewards.
‘He’s involved in a title race and has got into the England team, and he looks like he has bags of confidence. I’m very impressed with him.
‘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.’
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