Manchester United defender Eric Bailly landed a new contract this week.

The decision the Ivorian will now stay, eases the pressure on United to add a centre-back this summer.

One could still join, but the position is less of a priority. Instead, the available money will likely be spent elsewhere.

Here is a look at which three positions should be United’s top priorities this summer…

(Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Defensive midfield

This is the biggest change impacted by the Eric Bailly decision. United don’t have to go and spend on a centre-back.

Instead the money can be diverted to signing a top defensive midfielder.

Nemanja Matic, 32, has taken a backwards step this year and started only 10 Premier League games.

This has made United more reliant on a duo of Fred and Scott McTominay, which many feel does not give United enough flexibility.

The pair are effective together, but combine to do the work of one top defensive midfielder.

A truly elite player in the position would allow greater balance, let Paul Pogba come back in as part of a midfield two, helping United to be more ambitous in big games.

Options include Declan Rice, Ruben Neves or Yves Bissouma.

Right wing

United have lacked a truly terrific right winger for years now, and a signing here is long overdue.


The club did make moves for the future last summer, signing Amad and Facundo Pellistri.

It remains to be seen whether either will start games on a regular basis in the position next season.

Mason Greenwood is effective in the position but is seen long-term as a striker.

This summer feels like the right time to move for a player like Jadon Sancho.

Sancho would become a regular in the role, allowing Amad to develop at his own pace, without being rushed in.

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - Premier League
(Getty Images)


The striker position is still a role of real uncertainty at United after Anthony Martial took a major step back this past year.

Edinson Cavani has an uncertain future and could leave to return to South America.

This is position United need to solve, even if top target Erling Haaland is going to be too expensive.

One wildcard option is a short-term deal for Cristiano Ronaldo to lead the line.

Mason Greenwood will have a major say at the position next season too – but he shouldn’t be asked to do it all on his own.

Harry Kane is another long shot option if United take the decision to pursue cheaper deals at other positions.

Have something to tell us about this article?