Luke Shaw Admits Manchester United ‘Need to Strengthen’ to Keep Up With Rivals

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Luke Shaw has sent a message to Ed Woodward & Co | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Luke Shaw has backed fans’ calls for more signings in the wake of Manchester United’s 3-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace in their opening game of the 2020/21 campaign.

The Red Devils have only added versatile Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek to their ranks this summer amid protracted – and seemingly non-productive – negotiations with Borussia Dortmund in regards to Jadon Sancho, their priority target.

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Jadon Sancho shone in Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga opener against Gladbach on Saturday evening | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

United fans will be hopeful that their dire defeat against the Eagles will trigger a response from the club’s board in the transfer market. They have until 5 October to strengthen.

Left-back Shaw, meanwhile, was pretty damning in his assessment of the United squad, believing they have to strengthen if they’re to keep up with rivals.

“As I said, we have a very good group, but personally I think we need more players to strengthen the squad,” he told TV2 (via Manchester Evening News).

“It can give us a boost. When you look around at how other teams are strengthening their teams, then we must also do it to keep up with the others.”

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Shaw has encouraged more signings before the window closes on 5 October | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The rest of the top six have been very active in their bid to bolster their squads this summer.

Chelsea have splurged over £200m on a plethora of talent, champions Liverpool have completed the double signing of Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota, while Tottenham remarkably re-signed former hero Gareth Bale.

United undoubtedly have a talented squad at their disposal but their incompetence in the transfer market could see them fall behind.

The club are reportedly still open to bolstering their defence via a new left-back and centre-back this summer, while 90min revealed on Saturday that they’ve been offered the chance to sign Watford winger Ismaila Sarr as their pursuit of Sancho continues to stall.

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Could Ismaila Sarr be United’s Sancho alternative? | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Porto’s Alex Telles appears to be the man to provide competition – or even usurp – Shaw at left-back, although there doesn’t appear to be any concrete links with a particular centre-half.