Ryan Giggs makes a long overdue Manchester United admission

The Manchester United interim manager admits that the club need to sign new players.

Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs has admitted that players need to be signed in the summer to make the team competitive for next season.

The former Wales international winger made the comments in the wake of the Red Devils’ disappointing 1-0 defeat to relegation-threatened Sunderland at home on Saturday.

Sebastian Larsson’s strike on the half-hour mark proved enough for the Black Cats to pick up all three points at Old Trafford and boost their chances of survival in the Premier League for one more season at least.

It was a disappointing performance from United, who ended up with the better stats in all but one department. Giggs’ side had two shots on target, eight corner kicks and 63% of the possession. In contract, Gus Poyet’s visitors had just one shot on target (which ended up in the net), no corner kicks and just 37% of the possession.

However, the home team had 17 attempts and could force Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone into making only two saves. United were flat in midfield and lacked creativity: the spirit of the 4-0 defeat of Norwich City at the same venue last month was nowhere to be seen. It was a very insipid and un-United-like performance, as Nani, Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick all failed to impress.

Following the match, Giggs insisted that there are enough good players in the squad, but even he had to admit that fresh faces need to be recruited to regain lost glory next season and recover a place in the top four of the Premier League.

‘It’s a big summer’, The Mirror quotes the 40-year-old as saying. ‘Obviously it’s not been a great season, so for us to get back up there we need to improve, whether that be young players getting better or players who haven’t had experience getting better. Obviously players are going to come in. And at United you obviously need that bit of quality that we didn’t show today, but I still maintain there’s quality in the dressing room.’

A number of players have been linked with a move to United in the summer and be part of the reported £200 million overhaul that the new manager will need to make to rejuvenate the squad.

Louis van Gaal is currently the favourite to take over at Old Trafford, and Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) and Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich) are just some of the players who have been linked with a switch to the Manchester outfit.

Meanwhile, United defender Nemanja Vidic has already agreed to move to Inter Milan at the end of the season, while the likes of Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Nani, Ashley Young and Fletcher are all said to be part of a group of players who will be offloaded.

This summer United will need to add some top-quality players to become competitive again, and there may not be a place for many of the veterans, who are just carrying on based on their reputation and not on their actual form.

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