Man Utd urged to spend big on top players

Alexis Sanchez has urged Manchester United to make big signings if they want to compete with their rivals.

Sanchez, who joined United from Arsenal in January on a £500,000-a-week deal, admits United still need more top-quality players.

‘Manchester United have to go out with the intention of winning everything that’s put before them,’ he said.

“We’re a big club. We’ve had a mixed pre-season and what we’ve got to start doing now is putting things right in training. At United we have to sign big players with experience.

“Barcelona just signed Arturo Vidal, who is a great player and my team-mate from Chile. He is an example of the type of players we need to sign in order to win trophies and compete at the highest level.”

United were on Wednesday night believed to be close to clinching their fourth transfer of the summer before the window closes at 5pm on Thursday.

Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his wish for at least one more player amid growing tension between the manager and Old Trafford chief Ed Woodward.

United have spent £75million on Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, but Mourinho fears it will not be enough to close the gap on champions Manchester City.

Keeping Paul Pogba is central to United’s plans as the Frenchman continues to angle for a move to Barcelona.

The club on Wednesday reiterated that Pogba is not for sale and said he has not asked for a pay rise to stay.

Mourinho will face the media on Thursday morning to preview Friday night’s season opener at home to Leicester City.

If there are no new arrivals at Old Trafford, the press conference is likely to be a feisty affair. — Daily Mail.