Manchester United are quiet in the transfer market as compared to their other major rivals. The Red Devils are linked to a plethora of players but have confirmed only one signing- Donny Van de Beek.
United need more players to improve and to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City. United’s lack of squad depth was obvious in the last few weeks of the previous season when manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was always reluctant to turn towards his bench.
It’s still almost a month before the transfer window shuts and Solskjaer would be hoping to get more players at his disposal. Former defender Gary Neville who is now a Sky Sports pundit believes that United need to sign more players to strengthen.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Neville said that United need to add a few more players before the transfer season concludes next month.
“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.”
Neville also highlighted his discontentment over his former club’s transfer dealings for the past several years.
“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?”
However, Neville thinks that things are beginning to change and the club have some planning in place regarding the transfers.
“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.”
Moreover, the 45-year-old also pointed out precisely where United needs to strengthen.
“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.
“They have to sign a world-class centre-back. For me, another midfield player. I also think a right-winger, a centre-forward and you have to look at left-back because of Luke Shaw’s injuries and the fact he has obviously been in and out of the team in the last two or three years.”
Considering the current scenario it’s unlikely that United will get four or five players unless they sell one of their star players. But United’s transfer business is far from over and we’d definitely see some incomings and outgoings before the window officially shuts.