Peter Schmeichel: 'Manchester United need to improve defence to make top four'

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel says that the Red Devils can make the Premier League's top four - but only if they spend money in January.

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has claimed that the Red Devils need to recruit top players in January if they want to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

Ahead of the Manchester derby at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon, the Danish legend, who also played for Manchester City, admitted that United's defence is in particular need of improvements.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Schmeichel said: "Louis van Gaal's Manchester United is a work in progress. The signings in the summer were good and very exciting and that gives hope and enthusiasm, but they need to tighten up in defence because conceding so many goals is not going to win you anything.

"The January transfer window is coming up and traditionally United do not buy but I think they have to do that. If they can tighten up at the back then yes, they can make the top four."

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