Manchester United have been told they made a blatant mistake in the transfer market in the summer window.
After finishing second to Manchester City last season, key figures in charge of entrances and exits at Old Trafford issued a triple letter of intent – to pick up Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
United, however, were unable to complete a follow-up hunt for a top-level defensive midfielder.
Manchester Evening News understands that it has instead been earmarked as a priority for next summer, and West Ham star Declan Rice is still believed to be goal number one in that regard.
A heavy and humiliating defeat to Liverpool put pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjær, before his team reacted with a 3-0 victory in Tottenham this weekend.
But could all his current problems at Old Trafford have been solved by pushing the boat out after Rice?
In a speech on radio station talkSPORT, former Premier League striker Darren Bent said: “You look at last season and United were one of the highest scoring teams in the league. They could have been the highest scoring team they were definitely up there .
“Obviously their priority was not an attacking player. Listen, I understand that … if Ronaldo is there, you have to bring him home. I understand that 100 percent.”
Asked if buying Rice would make United candidates for the Premier League and Champions League, Bent said: “Of course it does. They are probably more than that. [one player short].
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“To have someone like Declan in the role … if they had Declan Rice and Klopp or Guardiola at the helm.
“With that team, they would be challengers. I don’t think they would win it, but they would do better than they are now. They would look more consistent.”
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