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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has slammed the club’s transfer policy, despite praising the signing of Jadon Sancho.
The Red Devils took their time in meeting Borussia Dortmund’s asking price but now have their man – pending a medical after the European Championships.
However, his arrival from Germany is not enough to satisfy Ince, who says United need "three or four quality signings" to contend for the Premier League title.
The Red Devils last lifted the trophy in 2013, something the former midfielder did twice during his six-year spell at the club.
Speaking to Paddy Power, Ince said: " Manchester United still need three or four more quality signings to be title contenders.
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"It’s great that Edinson Cavani’s signed for another year, but he won’t play every game at his age, even if he wants to – they need a centre forward."
Having managed in the Football League from 2006 to 2014, Ince will be well-versed in player recruitment and has identified two other areas Solskjaer should seek to improve – as well as blasting a big-money move from last year.
"They need another centre back and a world-class central midfielder, and they must be top players," he stated.
"United’s recruitment in recent years has been poor.
"They spent £40million on Donny van de Beek, who’s hardly played, it doesn't make sense."
Paul Ince thinks Manchester United need to improve their transfer policy
Something Ince is impressed with, however, is the signing of Sancho, who racked up 50 goals and 64 assists in 137 games for the Bundesliga giants across a four-year stint after leaving Manchester City aged 17.
A deal worth £72.9m has been agreed by United and Dortmund for the England winger, who shone as the Three Lions beat Ukraine 4-0 on Saturday at Euro 2020.
The transfer saga has been running for well over 12 months, with the Red Devils backing down last summer due to BVB’s demands.
Now, though, the 21-year-old is set for a switch to Old Trafford and is a "superb acquisition" according to Ince.
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"It’s about time United got their player recruitment right," lamented the 53-year-old.
"They want attacking football and signing Sancho is the excitement going forward that they’ve been longing for."
"Jadon Sancho is heading to Manchester United, and fans should be excited," Ince added.
"United have been coveting Sancho for a while.
"Look at his goals and displays for Borussia Dortmund these last two years!"
Jadon Sancho looked sharp as England beat Ukraine 4-0 in their Euro 2020 quarter-final
Ince also likened Sancho to a former Red Devils team-mate, saying: "The fans know they've got an exciting player, a natural winger.
"He’s like Andrei Kanchelskis, a player who wants to get the ball and beat someone.
"Sancho likes to drift inside, as we have seen for England, and he’s extremely comfortable on the ball whilst scoring goals.
"He’s a superb acquisition."
Excitement is growing around Old Trafford ahead of Solskjaer and co's season opener against Leeds United on Saturday, August 14, and Ince is not alone in his rating of the Sancho deal.
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England team-mate and United captain Harry Maguire told the media on Monday: "Jadon is a top player, exceptional talent, a young lad with a lot of experience.
"His numbers speak for themselves, what he has done over in Germany. He is a great player. I don't think it is a done deal yet.
"We can't confirm he is a Manchester United player, I know it is close but he is still a Dortmund player as it stands," Maguire noted.
"Of course, it is exciting times ahead and hopefully we will get it across the line."