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Former England star believes Man United are three signings away from title challenge

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Sue Smith believes Manchester United are three signings from challenging at the top

How many signings are Manchester United away from challenging the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City? According to former England international Sue Smith, the answer is three.

He made the revelation while talking to Sky Sports (h/t Express). Although United are now unbeaten in the league since January, over 30 points separate us from champions Liverpool.

The chasm between us and the top is no secret, with further additions needed. The club has done well in recent windows to recruit players who have improved us as a unit.

Sue Smith believes Manchester Untied are three players away from challkenging for the title
Sue Smith believes Manchester United need more signings to challenge

More of them will need to follow if we mean to compete with the best at the top of their game.

“I think they need to make two or three signings, another good top-quality centre-half in there, adding to the strength in depth of the squad.”

With Bruno Fernandes clicking and Anthony Martial rediscovering his touch, the United attack has greatly benefitted. The defence, however, is another matter.

The likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire have strengthened the rearguard, but their partners leave more to be desired.

United need to look at it long-term rather than attempt a quick fix. As much as one might hate saying it, we must consider Liverpool as our role model.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been hailed by Patrick van Aanholt as a better defender than Trent Alexander-Arnold
United have recruited well in recent windows

The Reds had a long-term vision in place and worked towards it despite facing challenges. We must do the same.

It is not just about closing the gap at the top but also having the ability to continue staying there.

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It remains to be seen who we bring in this summer. It has been a long road for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and it promises to be longer still.

But with patience, perseverance and vision, there is no reason why we cannot regain the perch.