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Former Manchester United defender: We need four players to fight for the title


Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister believes the Red Devils need to sign a new player in every position of the pitch to be competitive next season.

The 50-year-old says that the primary objective for boss Louis van Gaal this summer should be to keep striker Robin van Persie and goalkeeper David De Gae at the club.

And then to sign four new players to strengthen the squad ahead of a very busy campaign coming up.

"There has been a lot of talk about Robin van Persie's future so we hope that he stays," Pallister told the Daily Star.

"But I believe the team needs a new centre-forward, a strong midfield player, a right-back and possibly another centre-half.

"And on top of all that, you hang on to the hope the keeper stays.

"People keep saying if you lose De Gea you'll get Gareth Bale, but goalkeeping is such a specialised position that you have to do what you can to keep hold of one of the world's top three goalkeepers.

"Reading reports, it sounds like he's going but I'll keep my fingers crossed we can keep hold of him – and if we do, it'll be a huge boost.

"We're still not top of our game but the lads found the grit and determination to grind out results.

"In the second half of the season when you look at games against City, Liverpool, Chelsea, fans got a bit of belief back.

"They could see the team getting better, getting closer to where they need to be to compete. You can feel that sense of hope back again.

"We are on the right track and we can be more competitive again next season.

"The manager has improved the team. He has talked about his philosophy and the players seem to be buying into that.

"For example, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera – when they were given their chance – helped improve performances. They're playing like a United team again."

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