Rio Ferdinand names the four positions he wants to see Man Utd strengthen

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes the Red Devils need to make four more signings if they are to challenge the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea this season.

United have made just the one transfer this summer, bringing in midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax for a fee of £35m which could rise to £40m with add-ons but Ferdinand believes more are needed.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Ferdinand said: "Yeah, I would say definitely after Van de Beek they need probably – if they’re going to really compete – three or four. Players that can go in and actually affect the first team, the first XI.

"And Reguilon we’re talking about, the lad at Sevilla who’s from Real Madrid, he was voted the best left-back in La Liga so really good credentials.

"Luke Shaw I think is unfortunate in terms of his injuries. He’s played games but then he hasn’t been able to sustain a full season without any injuries, which is disappointing.

"But listen, if I was looking at it and looking at the team, in the forward areas I think one or two additions.

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  • Solskjaer's thoughts on Van de Beek's first Man Utd training sessions

"One definitely, maybe two, are needed that can come in and affect that first team and push people, if not start.

"And then I think a centre-back. That area, for me, is where there’s a lack of real, genuine pace and I think the best teams around at the moment have a player in one of the two players that play [at centre-back] in a four that has genuine pace normally.

"I think Liverpool are the team that’s dominated this season. The two centre-backs can be sat on the halfway line, they’re sitting there purring, waiting to be taken on in a foot race back to the goal and they back themselves.

"And with that, what that does as well, it’s not just about pace – knowing how to defend as well – but what that allows is more players to be able to go forward and pin the other team back in the opposing team’s third, which is, the way the game is played today, very critical."

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