Paul Merson believes Manchester United would become Premier League title contenders if they sign Tottenham forward Harry Kane.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ended the season on a high, as they achieved a third-placed finish in the table and qualified for next season’s Champions League.
Despite having in-form Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood in their attacking options, Merson said United should put in a ‘massive bid’ for Kane as they hope to hunt down Manchester City and Liverpool next season.
‘I think Manchester United need a centre-forward. I really do,’ the former Arsenal striker told Sky Sports.
‘And if they put in a massive bid for Harry Kane, they become massive players next season in the Premier League.
‘People say Anthony Martial has done great, and he has done well, and Mason Greenwood will be a superstar, but if you can get Kane playing down the middle, with Martial, Greenwood and Rashford rotating, Kane is getting you 20 goals in a bad season!’
Martial had his best season yet at Old Trafford, as he scored 17 goals and claimed six assists in 32 Premier League appearances. Kane has scored one more goal than Martial and clocked in just two assists from 29 appearances.
However, Merson believes the Frenchman is not consistent enough to lead the Red Devils back to the summit of the Premier League.
He added: ‘Martial is a hot player; when he is hot, he is brilliant. But you don’t win the league on hot and cold.
‘You win the league on consistency, and Harry Kane brings you that, he’s the best striker in the Premier League. He can score out of nothing when things aren’t going well, and United need a natural goalscorer.
‘There will also be games where United need someone to hold the ball up. They won’t dominate every game with free-flowing football, and sometimes when that ball goes up it has to stick.
‘If United buy Harry Kane and a centre-half partner for Harry Maguire, they will be massive players next year.’