‘Man Utd has to sign the middle, but they won’t’ – Berbatov expects a bit of movement in the January window

The former Red Devils striker is impressed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking abilities, but feels they need to strengthen at the back

Manchester United must sign a new central half, but it is unlikely to do so in January, claims Dimitar Berbatov.

The Red Devils have invested heavily in the area in recent years, making big cash benefits for Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.

Still, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still thought to be missing a left-side option that would provide more balance to United’s back line.

At the opposite end of the field, useful pieces of a jigsaw puzzle chasing trophies are cobbled together.

The Red Devils have shown they can be a pair for anyone as an attacking force, with Edinson Cavani stepping in alongside Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.

Former United striker Berbatov has no concerns about firepower, but would like Solskjaer to be free to spend again on defensive reinforcements – instead of ignoring urgent issues in the midst of what could be a productive 2020-21 campaign.

“Manchester United would probably rather go a little below the radar in the race for the Premier League title,” Berbatov told Betfair.

“Nobody paid much attention to how United is steadily climbing on the table so that they suddenly become third, with a game in hand and playing as title candidates.

“On Sunday, Leeds gave United a lot of space at Old Trafford, which, like Bruno Fernandez and Marcus Rashford, they managed to use.

“There are games when you can do everything and this was one of them for United. They scored great goals, Scott McTominay was outstanding in midfield and clinically with his two chances. In such a form, United is capable of winning the league.

“We should aim to bring the title back to Old Trafford, especially in an unpredictable season when so much movement is close to the top and it’s so tight.

“The transition period opens soon, but, in the way Manchester United attacked Leeds and Sheffield United, I wouldn’t say the Red Devils need to bring someone ahead.

“I still think they need a centerpiece, but I don’t expect anyone to come in next month.”

United have kept just three Premier League clubs this season and the leaks on their backs have continued to linger, but they have moved five points away from Liverpool leaders and can still boast of a game in the fight for the title defenders.