Manchester United need to ensure that the impressive derby win over Man City is the rule rather than the exception.

Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw ensured that Manchester red half claimed local boast rights over their rivals in a one-off game so perfect that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could hardly have written it himself. United won 2-0 and was good value for the three points, as well as their 2-1 win at Eithad Stadium last season was fully deserved.

But despite finishing third and qualifying for the Champions League – largely thanks to the arrival of Fernandes in January after the opposing win at City – United were unable to continue their progress last season. Certainly their stagnation at the start of this campaign and their terrible performances in the first three games against Crystal Palace, Brighton and Tottenham was evident. United was lucky enough to win one of the three.

Even since then, even though we moved up to second in the Premier League and had some memorable wins in the process, the same problems have cropped up every now and then. Inconsistencies in attack performance, concerns about the solidity in the back, and the inability to break down the disciplined and defensive teams – especially at home.

They have also failed miserably in most of the “big games” this season, apart from the recent derby and the FA Cup triumph over Liverpool.

Bruno Fernandes is congratulated by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after being substituted off in the closing moments of Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Manchester City

Alan Shearer stated after Sunday’s Derby win that the ability of the United squad was not Solskjaer’s main concern.

For him, the mentality and consistency at Old Trafford have to improve. He said: “United have been an odd team this season and it’s their inconsistency that has cost them their chance to win the title – not a lack of skill.

“If they had played more like the 2-0 win at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, Solskjaer’s side would have come much closer to Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.”

One cannot really argue with Shearer’s current status summary. But it is still possible that United will have to reshape their squad this summer with minimal transfers.

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First and foremost, they need support in defense areas. There’s certainly an over-reliance on Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the right – and with Harry Maguire in the middle. The uncertainty about the captain’s best partner at the heart of the defense remains.

MEN Sport believe United showed an interest in Kieran Trippier in January as they sought a more experienced right-back to put pressure on Wan-Bissaka. The 29-year-old Englishman and former Tottenham man would sign a short-term deal. In the end, United pulled out of a deal because he was concerned about the ban Trippier received for breaking the betting rules, but they could pounce on him again.

And while Dayot Upamecano, a former United target, is destined for Bayern Munich, that doesn’t mean the Old Trafford Club should hold back from strengthening their central defense.

The same goes for Jadon Sancho, another Germany United goal that has (so far) been missed. But he could still be available and in any case United need an elite right-winger to put Edinson Cavani in Manchester for another year.

Manchester United secured a memorable 2-0 derby win over Man City at Etihad Stadium.

Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw scored the goals to secure an unexpected but sensitive victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side against the leaders.

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The other elephant in the room is Paul Pogba’s future. But if he can be kept or replaced with a solid central midfielder, United could have the four transfers they need to take their squad off well enough.

It won’t take much, but there are some necessary transfers that United will need to make. Your ideal 25-man roster shouldn’t be too far away.

What a United dream could look like

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, David de Gea, Nathan Bishop

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Kieran Trippier, Harry Maguire, Jules Kounde (or an elite central defender), Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Alex Telles

Midfielders: Fred, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba (or substitute), Donny van de Beek, Nemanja Matic, Bruno Fernandes

Wingers / Forwards: Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho, Edinson Cavani, Amad, Daniel James.