That is the view of ex-Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United have come unstuck recently, losing six of their last eight matches.
And while many point the finger at the shaky defence which has failed to keep a clean sheet since February, others feel there is a lack of quality in midfield.
With Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic struggling for fitness of late, Paul Pogba has regularly been supported by the likes of Fred, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira in the middle of the park.
“You should have the financial power to tempt anyone”
And results show they are not up to the standard required to maintain a push for a top four place.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have seen a shake-up of their own midfield this season under Maurizio Sarri.
Jorginho has displaced Kante from his favoured defensive-midfield role, with Sarri pushing him out to the right of the middle three.
And while the Frenchman has not enjoyed his best season in England, the World Cup winner has continued to impress for the Blues.
Murphy’s challenge to United to sign Kante comes amid news that:
But former England international Murphy thinks Kante is growing tired of playing in a more attacking role, insisting United should have the allure to tempt him away from Stamford Bridge.
Writing in his latest Daily Mail column, Murphy said: “I’ve spoken regularly about United’s midfield.
“I noticed they were lacking when they were outclassed by Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford and nothing has changed my mind.
“They don’t have anyone who can be positionally disciplined and dictate play from a central area as Michael Carrick used to do.
“If you’re United, who consider themselves one of the biggest clubs in the world, test the mettle of your rivals. You should have the financial power to tempt anyone.
“I’m not convinced N’Golo Kante can be happy playing out of position at Chelsea, even though he doesn’t seem a lad who kicks up a fuss. Do what you can to see if Chelsea would be tempted by an £80m fee.
“Try to find out if Kante would like to play in front of 76,000 fans every week as the undisputed No 1 holding midfielder.”