Manchester United should sign a striker like Harry Kane over Jadon Sancho, says Rene Meulensteen

Sancho is United’s top priority signing (Picture: Getty Images)

Ex-Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen says his former side should be targeting an elite striker like Harry Kane ahead of Jadon Sancho.

The Borussia Dortmund winger wants to join Old Trafford, but the German club are holding firm on their £108 million valuation of the 20-year-old, which could even see United back out of a potential deal.

Sancho has emerged as one of the brightest young talents in world football after registering an impressive 17 goals and 16 assists in the Bundesliga last season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has entrusted Anthony Martial with the No.9 role at United and the Frenchman rewarded his boss with 17 Premier League goals last term.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson’s former first-team coach Meulensteen believes there are a number of areas of the squad that need addressing in the transfer window and a traditional striker such as Tottenham’s Harry Kane should be the priority.

He told talkSPORT: ‘They first need to solve and get clarity about the goalkeeping position because now there’s a debate about De Gea and the rumours with Schmeichel, but also Henderson is there.

‘So that needs to be solved to make sure that’s clear.

Meulensteen believes United need a 25-goal striker (Picture: Getty Images)

‘People are on De Gea’s back, but he’s still a very good goalkeeper; he’s had a few blips this season, he needs to sort that out.

‘They also need someone next to Harry Maguire to strengthen that [defence].

‘They’re bringing Jadon Sancho in, but more than anything, I would have gone for a more prolific out-and-out striker, somebody like Harry Kane.

‘There is so much creativity coming from midfield with [Bruno] Fernandes, [Paul] Pogba, [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial… they can all contribute to goalscoring.

‘But [they need] somebody in the middle who’s going to score 25-plus goals. That will close the gap for United.’

Despite not being a priority signing, Meulensteen insists that Sancho would be a top acquisition and has a bright future ahead of himself.

‘They’ve got a lot of various options up front with Martial, Rashford and Greenwood, who’s a fantastic finisher,’ the Dutchman added.

‘Jadon is the one that would feature best on the right, coming in and using his pace and trickery. It would be a great addition.

‘But at the same time, United need more to really become a force to compete for a Premier League title.

‘He will have a fantastic future, he made that decision to move from Manchester City, he went to Dortmund, he’s done very, very well there.

‘Now, it’s his time to make his mark in the Premier League and I’m sure he will at a club like Manchester United, so he has an unbelievable future.’

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