Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole has pleaded with Louis van Gaal to spend ambitiously this summer if he is to return the Red Devils to their previous lustre.
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United have been linked with a whole host of players ahead of the transfer window, but to date, Dutch forward Memphis Depay has been their only recruit to date.
Speaking to Kicca, Cole has urged van Gaal to throw caution to the wind this summer.
“United need to be competing for the best players in the world if they want to challenge in the Premier League and in Europe next season,” the Champions League-winning hitman began.
“It’s been another tough season for United, but finishing in the Champions League spot is naturally progress from last season.
“The form has been up and down but a club like Manchester United needs to be in the Champions League to attract the best players and make progress for next season, to hopefully try and compete for the Premier League.”
43-year-old Cole represented United for six years, between 1995 and 2001, and was a key figure during a glorious period of success for the club.
He won five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, the Charity Shield twice and the European Cup 1999,
Cole was a lethal hitman for the Red Devils, but today, attack is an area of concern for van Gaal—and one he certainly needs to improve ahead of the coming campaign.
Radamel Falcao has left the club, with United not looking to make his loan deal permanent, while Robin van Persie has also been linked to the exit door [Daily Star].
Potential offensive recruits include Cristiano Ronaldo [Express], Gareth Bale [Independent], Karim Benzema [Metro], Carlos Bacca [Metro] and Harry Kane [Daily Mail], while van Gaal may also need to replace Angel Di Maria, another player linked with the exit door [Express].
The Dutch coach may also need to reinforce his options between the sticks, with David De Gea linked with a move to Real Madrid [Independent].