Gary Neville admits United 'need fresh blood, an Ozil, times four'

Manchester United require four marquee signings with one of them needing to give the club as much of a lift as Mesut Ozil did for Arsenal.

Manchester United are in a unique position… one in which they are unaccustomed to - looking up the league ladder and wondering where it all went wrong, performing in a substandard fashion and recording a number of disappointing losses; the last being a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, January 19.

It is not the fault of the manager but, rather, a question of personnel. United's unique position being that their squad is currently far weaker than it has been in season's past, perhaps since the Premier League era began and, according to their former son Gary Neville, David Moyes needs to enter the transfer market during the next few transfer windows and recruit two, maybe even four players, with at least one, maybe all, having the same effect on the club as Mesut Ozil did when transferring to Arsenal.

'You would never say as a Manchester United person at the club that we need to sign players,' Neville began in a Sky Sports column. 'It's the last thing you say because you have respect for your team-mates, you have respect for the players who are in your club, you always rely on the quality of the development teams to come through, but there are a group of players out there who need help.

'They're a good bunch of lads out there who have won the Champions League and many trophies for United, but they need inspiration and they need lifting. You saw the effect of Ozil at Arsenal, those players, that manager they need fresh blood and they know that.'

Various members of the United coaching staff have been spotted, or speculated to have been attending, various matches across Europe, particularly in Italy's Serie A and in Spain's Primera Division, but Neville believes that, despite their intentions, they may find it laborious to convince another club into selling - particularly when the player in question is of an elite calibre.

'They're not scouring all over Europe and travelling all over Europe and being spotted at Juventus and Madrid because they don't want to sign players, they need to sign players,' added Neville.

'I don't think it needs a rebuild, I honestly don't. I think two, three, four players - but the problem is everyone knows they want top players and to get them will be so difficult because nobody wants to sell them,' he concluded.

United have recently been linked with moves for Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata, Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno, Everton wonderkid Ross Barkley and Juventus duo Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba.

Thus far, none of their interest has materialised into an acquisition, much like the speculation surrounding their summer movements and, like their transfer window business at the start of the 2013-14 season, any activity may end up stretching right to deadline day…

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