Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel says that his old club must sign Mats Hummels and at least four more top class players this summer to have any chance of success next term.
The manager-less Red Devils are expected to spend big in the coming month in a bid to bounce back from a disastrous season in which they dropped from reigning Premier League champions to a team that will not be competing in Europe in any capacity in 2014/15.
Hummels of Dortmund is seen as a top target, with replacing outgoing defenders Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand a priority.
Schmeichel too feels that the German star is a player they need, but also says that they cannot stop at his signing with more high-quality additions needed:
“United have got Jones, Smalling and Evans but going by what the media are saying, Hummels is a target,” he told The Express.
“That’s a good starting point to bring him in. He has good leadership skills and he is a fantastic defender.
“He’s someone we’ve been looking at for a couple of years and he’s been heavily connected with United.
“Also we need to bring in a midfielder – players like Toni Kroos who has been mentioned for a long time and he would be a great addition.
“We need players that can install or restore the confidence in the club and squad as well.
“It will send valuable messages to people that care about the club.
“I think four or five players is what is being reported in the media and that’s not too far enough.”
As well as Kroos and Hummels, the likes of Arjen Robben, Mario Gotze and Luke Shaw have all been linked with United in recent weeks.