Manchester United needs to sign Declan Rice and Harry Winks to become a new Premier League hitter, according to Danny Murphy.
The boss of the British team, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has used Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera alongside the French World Cup winner Paul Pogba in his midfielder since he took over from Jose Mourinho in December.
The trio were successful in national competitions, with Solskjaer unbeaten in the Premier League and FA Cup, but Tuesday they were intimidated by Marquinhos and Marco Verratti of Paris Saint-Germain.
The Red Devils suffered a 2-0 defeat against the French giants in the Champions League, the first defeat of the Norwegian.
And the fragility of the midfield against one of Europe's biggest banks has alarmed the former Liverpool Murphy star that new recruits are needed.
Murphy wrote in the Daily Mail: "At the moment, they use Matic and Ander Herrera together to give Pogba freedom in 4-3-3, but they are not as balanced as Verratti-Marquinhos were PSG.
"The right players are not easy to find, the next generation is showing a promise and I will keep an eye on Harry Winks and Declan Rice.
"Both seem to have the technical ability and Winks is getting a useful experience in big games: Rice is a future Manchester United player – he is physically strong and has just turned 20, so let's see."
Rice, 20, is experiencing an opening season at West Ham after progressing through their academy.
The defensive midfielder, who can also play on a back-line, has become a regular player in Manuel Pellegrini's Hammers XI – and has made 27 appearances.
Tottenham Winks' national ace also drew attention to this period – with 35 games already played this season.
The 23-year-old from Hemel Hempstead made three appearances in the England national team of Gareth Southgate.