Owen Hargreaves says Manchester United are three signings away from a title challenge (DAZN)

Owen Hargreaves believes Manchester United are still three signings away from competing with Liverpool for the Premier League title.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are just three points behind Chelsea in the battle for fourth place with nine Premier League games remaining.

United have already been boosted by the signing of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting in the January transfer window.

But Hargreaves believes United need a defensive midfielder such as Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi to protect their offensive players.

The former United midfielder also feels Jadon Sancho’s arrival would make a huge impact at Old Trafford and claims Solskjaer is in need of a left-sided central defender.

Owen Hargreaves has urged Manchester United to sign Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi (Getty Images)

‘It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality,’ Hargreaves told Premier League productions.

‘If you can have a Jadon Sancho – they need a right winger – Sancho playing off the right hand would make a huge difference.

‘Bellingham is 16 or 17, he’s going to be a super player but you need someone right now.

‘I think they need an Ndidi type, a defensive sitter. If you have Pogba and Fernandes then I think you need a defensive one there.

‘I think they also need a left-sided centre-back.

‘They have Lindelof, Maguire, Bailly but a left-sided centre-back would make a big difference.

When asked about United potentially signing a striker, Hargreaves replied: ‘Harry Kane is the dream but they don’t desperately need him’

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