Micky Gray Says Manchester United Could Challenge For The Premier League Title
The Red Devils are close to sealing the £40million signing of Donny van de Beek, while Dayot Upamecano and Jadon Sancho have also been strongly linked with moves in recent weeks.
Borussia Dortmund are holding out for their £108million valuation of Sancho to be met, while Upamecano has a £37.5m release clause in a new RB Leipzig contract he signed in July.
Former Sunderland and England defender Gray has dubbed Upamecano ‘different class’ and believes he could form a solid defensive partnership with Harry Maguire.
Gray told talkSPORT: “Upamecano is just unreal.
“There is all this talk about [Kalidou] Koulibaly going to Manchester City; if that happens they’re signing an outstanding, experienced 29-year-old centre-half.
“Upamecano is 21, he’s different class; he comes out from the back, he’s not frightened to play football.
“He’s just signed a new contract, but if Man United get him to play alongside Harry Maguire and those are your two centre-halves – that’s your stellar signing.
“They’re all young players, who Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] is trying to sign. He’s building for the future over the next three or four seasons before they can say, ‘right, we are now title contenders’.
“And if he gets Upamecano, along with Van de Beek, who is 23 years old, and I’m sure a forward player, that squad, you look at it and go, ‘now they can challenge.’
“They’re going against Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea or whoever might be at the top of the table – and they’re not underdogs even before the game has started.
“It’s a level playing field because that starting XI that Manchester United can put together is as good as what you see in the Premier League.”