Manchester United will make a number of key signings this summer in order to challenge for top honours next season, according to Romelu Lukaku.
United sit second in the Premier League table to City, but the FA Cup represents the Red Devils’ last realistic chance of silverware as Pep Guardiola’s City lead the title race by 16 points.
Jose Mourinho’s side exited the Champions League in disastrous fashion to Sevilla, and relinquished their EFL Cup crown following a shock exit to Bristol City.
United are through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup after beating Brighton 2-0 on Saturday – with Lukaku scoring along with Nemanja Matic – but Mourinho has been fiercely criticised this season for his team’s style of play.
January signing Alexis Sanchez has failed to impress so far, while Mourinho will be short of midfield options for next season as it stands.
Marouane Fellaini is increasingly likely to leave on a free transfer this summer, and Michael Carrick will take a coaching role upon retirement at the end of the season.
Despite United’s recent struggles, Lukaku believes Mourinho can convince a host of star names to move to Old Trafford for the 2018-19 season.
“A lot of players, a lot of good players, will come in the summer for sure,” the Sunday Express quotes him as saying. “We have to improve year in, year out.
“I look forward to the squad being improved because next year we have to try and win as many trophies as we can.”
Lukaku has impressed with 25 goals for United since his £75million move from Everton last summer.
Jesse Lingard said of the Belgian striker’s display against Brighton: “We know what he possesses and he has that presence up front for us.
“He’s that lone man who holds the ball up well for us. For him to score that many goals at this time of the season is great.”
It seems as though Mourinho is keen to make changes to his squad, with the Portuguese coach openly frustrated after a lacklustre display against Brighton.
Speaking to BT Sport, the Portuguese described Matic as “an island – an island of personality, of desire and control – surrounded by, not water, but by a lack of personality, of class and desire”, and added in his post-match press conference that some of his team had been “scared to play”.