Gary Pallister urges Manchester United to make ‘statement’ Harry Kane signing and weighs in on David de Gea v Dean Henderson debate

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Gary Pallister has urged Manchester United to win the race to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane and weighed in on the battle between goalkeepers David de Gea and Dean Henderson at Old Trafford.

Kane, 27, has been linked with the likes of Man United, Manchester City and Chelsea after informing Spurs of his desire to leave this summer.

Pallister believes City are the favourites to sign Kane – particularly after he said he would ‘love’ to play with Kevin de Bruyne – but says it would be a ‘statement’ if his former club beat their rivals to his signature.

Asked in which positions Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can strengthen his Manchester United squad this summer, Pallister told ‘Listen, Harry Kane is up for grabs, isn’t he?

What a statement it would be if Manchester United were able to get hold of him. It seems to me that Man City are favourites, Harry has talked about how he’d love to play with De Bruyne, so we’ve got a good idea of what he’s thinking.

‘But if Manchester United could sign him, what a statement.’

Pallister, who won four league titles and three FA Cups at Old Trafford, also expects his former side to revive their interest in Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, while he says Solskjaer may look to sign a new centre back.

Manchester United attempted to sign England international Sancho last summer but ultimately baulked at Dortmund’s £90m valuation.

Pallister added: ‘The right-side position has been a problem. The only natural fit there at the minute is Mason [Greenwood], but I’m guessing he’ll want to move more centrally in the future.

‘The [Jadon] Sancho speculation will probably raise its head again. Also, if there’s a top-class centre half available – someone in the mould of Vincent Kompany or Virgil van Dijk – then I’d be surprised if we wasn’t interested there as well.

‘So I’m sure Ole has his targets. It might be a difficult transfer window due to Covid – we don’t know how much money clubs will have to spend on new signings – but I think those areas are self-explanatory.

‘It’s going to be interesting to watch how the transfer market goes.’

If Manchester United do manage to bolster Solskjaer’s squad with two or three new additions, Pallister sees no reason why the team cannot close the gap on champions Man City.

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