Former Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona and England star Gary Lineker says Manchester United are in need of a massive overhaul following their 3-1 defeat at Chelsea yesterday.
The loss was United’s seventh of the season and Lineker has suggested that big changes are needed as the majority of David Moyes’ current squad simply aren’t good enough to play for the Premier League champions.
Tough for any side to lose their best 2 players, but United are in need of a massive overhaul. So many of their players aren't good enough.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 19, 2014
The thoughts collide with the thoughts of former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, who suggested line on Sky Sports yesterday that a knee jerk reaction of going out and buying several new players could be counter productive for the club.
United are lacking in key areas such as an obvious lack of creativity in midfield but Neville has urged Moyes to stick with the younger players in the squad rather than trying to do business for three or four top stars by the end of the month.
United do need to buy because they need an injection of quality and a lift if they’re going to make the top four by the end of the season. United are currently seventh and six points away from fourth place, with failure to achieve Champions League football next season for the club potentially disastrous.
If Moyes is leaning more towards Lineker’s line of thinking than Neville’s then he faces two big problems over the next two weeks.
Firstly, he could struggle to get his main targets because clubs don’t like to sell their best players in the middle of the season, with so much to achieve over the next few months.
Secondly, the value aspect will go out of the window if United buy over the next two weeks.
Clubs will be looking at their situation and any side that owns Manchester United transfer targets is well within its rights to raise the price of those players if United try and poach them away in the middle of the season.
There was always going to be a dip in United’s fortunes following the Sir Alex Ferguson era but whether Moyes goes with the Lineker overhaul or the Neville urge for patience and faith remains to be seen.
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