Gary Neville has given his verdict on Manchester United ahead of the new Premier League season, discussing their need for quick additions, what they require in the transfer market, the battle between David de Gea and Dean Henderson to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s goalkeeper and Bruno Fernandes…
The new Premier League season is just around the corner. Manchester United’s campaign gets underway when they face Crystal Palace, live on Sky Sports on Saturday, September 19 (kick off 5.30pm).
But will there be any new additions to Solskjaer’s squad before their opening fixture?
Donny van de Beek has agreed personal terms with United and will complete a medical in the coming days ahead of a proposed £40m move to Old Trafford from Ajax.
But Neville, speaking to Sky Sports News, thinks his former club need a few more additions if they are to have any chance of challenging for the title this season…
The Manchester United squad, as it stands today, cannot challenge for the Premier League title this season.
The squad needed four or five improvements and it still needs four or five improvements. I’ve been saying that for a year and I’ve even nominated the positions I feel they need to improve.
It’s frustrating at the moment, as a United fan, that the club haven’t done their business earlier, but there have been times where the club have panicked in the transfer market in the last 10 years, where they’ve been reactive, where they’ve overpaid and where they’ve got it wrong.
So, you have to be sensible. If the deals aren’t there to do, you don’t do them, but there’s definitely that tension building, particularly on social media. Why has Jadon Sancho not signed? Why have we not got Thiago Alcantara? Why haven’t we got whoever it might be that’s gone to another club?
The club have obviously got a policy, a strategy and that’s a big thing. It’s a lot better than it was a few years ago when they were flip flopping between the philosophies of different managers. I feel there is something there now that’s in the roots of the club and they’ve got to make sure they don’t get it wrong. One transfer window where you get it wrong, it will unlock the work that’s been done in the last 12 to 18 months.
However, they do have to sign players. They do have to get players in so that they can break into the top two.
That has to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s goal this season and to do that he needs support. The board will know that, but they’ve got to get the deals done. They are up against smart operators, they are up against all the agents in the market and it’s not easy, but that’s what they are there to do.
They’ve got to try and be good at that game, get in front of people and get the deals done quickly without exposing the club to the wrong signing or paying too much for a player.