Paul Scholes thinks Manchester United could be two quality additions away from closing the gap on new Premier League champions Liverpool.
The Red Devils have been forced to watch as their great rivals have eased to a first top-flight title in 30 years this season, with Jurgen Klopp’s men securing the club’s 19th league title with a record seven games remaining.
United sit some 34 points behind Liverpool in fifth, and are locked in a battle to secure Champions League football for next season.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is presiding over a good run of form though, and with recent results proving impressive and January signing Bruno Fernandes settling in well, Scholes is confident that his former side can challenge at the top again.
“There is a big gap to close, there’s no doubt about that,” Scholes told BBC Radio Five Live.
“The points difference is ridiculous and the quality of Man City obviously is there for everyone to see.
“I really don’t think they are a million miles away. I know we spoke about four or five players but I think it’s two or three now.
“I think you are looking at a centre forward, a really classy goal scorer and possibly a centre-half to play next to [Harry] Maguire.
“Look, I think [Victor] Lindelof has done alright but I just think Maguire with his lack of pace at times (can get caught).
“If he’s got a really dominant centre-half next to him like a Rio Ferdinand or Jaap Stam who bullies centre forwards I think that would be a big help to the team.”
United would cut the gap to 31 points with a win at home to Bournemouth on Saturday, with Liverpool hosting Aston Villa on Sunday.