Jadon Sancho and Kalidou Koulibaly can transform Manchester United into serious ‘challengers’, says Ian Wright

Manchester United transfer target Jadon Sancho runs with the ball during Borussia Dortmund's clash with Mainz
Jadon Sancho is reportedly Manchester United’s top attacking target this summer (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal legend Ian Wright claims Manchester United are just two or three signings away from becoming serious ‘challengers’ in European football and has identified Jadon Sancho and Kalidou Koulibaly as two players the club should be targeting this summer.

Bruno Fernandes has transformed the Red Devils’ fortunes following his arrival from Sporting in the January transfer window and the club extended their impressive unbeaten streak to 17 matches when they beat Aston Villa away from home on Thursday evening.

Luke Shaw has started every single match of United’s impressive run, keeping academy graduate Brandon Williams out of the side, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly eyeing a new left-back, with Ben Chilwell being considered.

Koulibaly looks on during Napoli's Serie A clash
Koulibaly has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

And Wright believes United would be wise to invest in a new left-back ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, along with a central defender in the mould of Napoli’s Koulibaly.

Wright has also urged the Old Trafford giants to press ahead with their plans to sign Borussia Dortmund and England attacker Jadon Sancho, despite the meteoric rise of Mason Greenwood in the latter half of the season.

‘It’s important who they buy now. I think a defender is needed and maybe a left-back,’ the ex-Arsenal and England striker said on Optus Sport’s The Kelly and Wrighty Show.

‘I’d still go for Sancho if I could, depending on what that will cost, because they still need a calibre of players that’s gonna be challenging – not just the teams in this league – but Real Madrid and Barcelona.

‘You want the best that you can possibly get to keep the fight in that squad and keep them trying to achieve.

‘You put Koulibaly in that squad, Luke Shaw has been in and out of that squad – we know what potential he had and whether or not he’s gonna be able to fulfil that… because we’re still not seeing a settled left-back playing the kind of game that you want to see someone do.

‘Maybe a left-back, a centre-half and that team with a Sancho in it as well which would help with the competition for places.’

Manchester United Training Session
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are on a 17-match unbeaten streak (Picture: Getty)

Wright has backed Greenwood to do ‘unbelievable things’ in the Premier League as long as he keeps his feet on the ground and stays injury-free.

Asked about Greenwood’s remarkable breakthrough, Wright said: ‘People underestimate what it’s like to have to play for Manchester United.

‘Not just the first-team but coming through the academy, the constant pressure on being a Manchester United player and Manchester United player that people are expecting to get to the first-team and be someone like what we’ve seen with Ryan Giggs.

‘So they take the pressure of playing for Manchester United from a young age. But the way he’s come into the first-team and he’s literally hit the ground running with his confidence and his ability is testament to him.

‘He’s obviously worked on building himself up – someone said he’s put on 3 or 4 kilograms during the break and you can see it. He looks stronger, when he gets in traffic he looks like he can hold people off.

‘And I just love the way he’s coming off the right and he naturally just keeps coming inside, making himself a centre-forward and giving himself the opportunity to be able to shoot with his right foot.

‘That’s going to be a problem for people, he’ll go left and right and as long as he stays injury-free, I think he’s gonna do unbelievable things in the league.’

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