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Man Utd sent Liverpool transfer message


Manchester United have the youngest average starting line-up in the Premier League this season.

Former Chelsea star Frank Leboeuf has told Manchester United to follow in the footsteps of Liverpool by signing players who have a mix of experience and ability to impact the game on a regular basis. The Reds are enjoying a record-breaking season under Jurgen Klopp this season having dropped just two points through 20 games played.

Liverpool have been astute in the transfer market over the years to build a squad under Klopp which have since clinched the Champions League and become world champions.

Big-money signings such as Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Alisson and Fabinho have been a huge success while Klopp has also utilised more experienced players such as James Milner and Adrian.

United though have struggled to see similar impacts from spending vast amounts of money in the transfer market.

Players such as Nemanja Matic, Victor Lindelof and Fred have struggled to live up to their price tags while Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku have since left the club.

There have been promising signs from last summer’s signings in Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James with the club focusing on young English talents.

But injuries and lack of squad depth have forced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to field on average the youngest team in the Premier League.

The Red Devils have been linked with a number of talented young players such as Jadon Sancho, James Maddison and Jack Grealish.

However, Leboeuf believes United need to go after more experienced players to help improve their current young crop.

“It must be very hard for the fans,” he said on ESPN FC.

“In 20 years time the level of the two clubs [Arsenal and United] changed dramatically and in a bad way for the fans.

“You want to see those two top teams back to the success but it’s going to be very hard.

“If you get players who have experience but are still in the right level to guide the younger players, maybe you can achieve something.

“But if you only think bringing in young and young players between other young players it’s going to be a problem to have a squad and have a squad with results.

“When we see Liverpool, see Henderson and Milner. They bring a lot to the dressing room. They bring a lot on the field with their experiences and with the other players, it makes a very good mix to bring the success.

“That’s the main problem for Manchester United at the moment, it’s too young.”