United tied Edinson Cavani down to a new 12-month deal on Monday, meaning the club are likely to shelve plans to sign a centre forward for another year.
That means United can reignite their interest in Jadon Sancho, with Dortmund prepared to accept a fee far below their £108m asking price last summer.
Neville believes that would give United a fluid, varied attack that is consistent with Solskjaer’s ethos but Carragher feels Sancho would not be enough to close the gap on City and that United need a centre forward in his prime if they’re to wrestle the title away from the blue half of Manchester next term.
I’ don’t think they’d have the centre-forward [to challenge for the title, without signing one],’ said Carragher.
‘I absolutely love Cavani. But the big thing for me is Greenwood, he’s a superstar.
‘If you bring Sancho in, he’s got to play 70-80 per cent of the games on the right, where he plays. So then you’ve got a really old guy who’s done brilliantly, or a really young guy who’s not quite ready physically to lead the line for United.
Solskjaer is keen to sign a right-sided attacker and a defensive midfielder this summer.
West Ham’s Declan Rice is of interest but the Hammers are seeking £100m+ for the England international and United aren’t willing to stretch that far, even if Solskjaer is a big admirer of the midfielder.
Eric Bailly’s contract extension means United are unlikely to enter the market for a centre-back, while they hope to raise funds through the sales of Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Juan Mata.
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