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Manchester United legend McClair questions 'need' for van de Beek signing

Sam Preston September 7, 2020
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Manchester United legend Brian McClair has questioned whether his old club needed to sign Donny van de Beek.

The outspoken Scot wasn’t finished there, stating United should sign Harry Kane because Anthony Martial isn’t good enough.

He also claimed Scott McTominay may grow into a central defender after he played in a back three for Scotland last week.

In his column for the Set Pieces, McClair wrote: “Donny van de Beek has just become Manchester United’s first signing of the summer. What I would question is whether they actually need another midfielder.

“The areas I would have looked to strengthen would have been the defence and the goalkeeper, as well as the front line.

“It might mean a promising youngster like Scott McTominay would have to make way – unless van der Beek has been signed as a replacement for Pogba.

“Eventually I could see Scott moving into the heart of defence to partner Harry Maguire.”

There is a question to be asked over where van de Beek fits into United’s midfield, but there’s no doubt Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needed to add more quality and variety to his squad.

As for McTominay at the back, he has the physical attributes, but not the experience.

The Scotland international excelled in the heart of midfield in the first part of last season, before injury set him back and he failed to fully recover.

McClair, a former striker himself, made it plain that he is not the biggest admirer of Anthony Martial, either.

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“For me, the player United should really go all out to sign is Harry Kane, as a proven goalscorer is just what the club need right now.

“Martial can find the net on his day, but to me it’s all about whether he’s interested and half the time that doesn’t look to be the case.

“With Kane, you know what you’re getting. Would the likes of Jürgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola have Martial in their starting lineup? I think not.”

Martial has been inconsistent at times for United but looked to have sorted that out post-lockdown.

He was United’s most constant attacking threat in those closing weeks of the season and has earned himself a return to the France setup.

It looks doubtful that United will splurge on Kane this summer, so Martial should get another year to show what he can do at Old Trafford.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.