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Manchester United must target Jadon Sancho and Declan Rice, says Owen Hargreaves

Owen Hargreaves has defended Ole Gunnar Solskjaers side (Picture: Getty)

Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes the club should target Jadon Sancho and Declan Rice in the transfer market.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spent around £150m last summer to sign the likes of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James but United offloaded Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia.

The Red Devils kicked off their Europa League campaign on Thursday with a 1-0 win against Astana thanks to Mason Greenwoods first goal for the club.

And, speaking after the match, Hargreaves defended the progress Solskjaer has made at Old Trafford and says Sancho and Rice would speed up the clubs development.

Sancho is a target for United (Picture: Getty)
Sancho is a target for United (Picture: Getty)
Rice has caught United's eye (Picture: Getty)
Rice has caught Uniteds eye (Picture: Getty)

It takes time with young players you never know sometimes what youre going to get, said Hargreaves.

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Can United out football Liverpool and City? No. Uniteds two wins in the Premier League this season against Chelsea and Leicester have been when theyve counter attacked.

Ultimately youve got to find a way to win games. I think the next phase is getting players that can make the difference. I think Declan Rice at the base of the midfield in this team makes a difference. I think Jadon Sancho would be a perfect player for this team and they need a no.9 whoever that may be.

Its a work in progress and its going to take time but at some point theyre going to have to invest. Eventually you have to buy.

Declan Rice fits in here – whether its £50m, £60m – he fits in here. He fits the model of being young and British. Sancho is nailed on for this team even if you pay £120m for him hes there for the next decade. You almost cant overpay on a player like Sancho.

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