Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp claims that Manchester United need to make five major signings in the summer transfer window, and that having the best managers in the world wouldn't have made any difference to what has been a disappointing season.
A quick look at the Manchester United squad makes it abundantly clear that this is a team in desperate need of fresh blood. All areas out on the pitch need to be reinforced with top-quality players in order to mount a respectable title challenge next season.
Former Manchester United manager David Moyes inherited a championship-winning squad from his predecessor, but many felt that the team over-achieved last term, and the failure to attract the big names last summer was one of the main reasons for Manchester United's poor season, and ultimately why Moyes lost his job.
Ex-Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp (now a well-known Sky Sports football pundit) has now come out and expressed his view that Manchester United's disappointing 1-0 defeat to Sunderland on Saturday has further exposed the need to bring in top players next season.
Writing in The Daily Mail, Redknapp said: ‘United require major surgery and at least four or five new players....The display against Sunderland shows that David Moyes was not the only problem at the club - this group of players is just not good enough. All the focus has been on who will take charge, but unless the players improve, you could have all of the world’s best managers there and the team would still struggle’.
The likes of David de Gea, Phil Jones, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj are players who will form the backbone of any Manchester United team, but the club will need to spend well over the summer in order to bring in the players required to help the team compete for major silverware again.