Gary Neville believes that Manchester United need to sign a centre-back, central midfielder and a wide-midfielder for this summer’s transfer window to be a success.
The former United man had recently been quoted saying that they needed as many as nine additions over the coming months, but he says that these are falsified reports and that a more prudent approach should be adopted.
For clarity I never said or think United need to sign 7-9 players or that England had a good World Cup! Appreciate your understanding. Haha— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 11, 2014
I actually think 3 more of the right quality would be a good summer. CB/ CM / Wide MDF.— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 11, 2014
United have already brought in Ander Herrara and Luke Shaw during the transfer window so far, but their lavish spending does not appear to be showing any signs of stopping with new manager Louis van Gaal backed with huge funds in his first season in charge.
The 20 time league champions have been linked with a host of players over recent months, but Neville obviously feels that they already have the basis of a squad to do well and just need a few more incoming players to allow themselves to compete.
United dropped to 7th in the table last year in their first season without Sir Alex Ferguson, and Van Gaal has been tasked with ensuring that this sort of performance does not happen again.
If he is to listen to Neville’s advice and sign three players in those areas we can assume that the coach, who was part of England’s back-room staff during the World Cup, would be pleased with the signings of Feyenoord’s Stefan de Vrij, Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria and Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho.
The trio have all been heavily linked with making a move to the Premier League giants in recent times and will undoubtedly add quality to the side.
The question is whether that would be enough to enable the side to maintain a title-challenge this season.
Whilst, the addition of an experienced, world-class manager will aid the side there were areas of United’s squad that appeared weak last season and it, perhaps, is a surprise that Neville does not want more additions.
For instance, at right-back Rafael was inconsistent during the previous campaign, whilst Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have yet to show enough quality to suggest they are regular Premier League starters for a team with United’s ambition, despite having a lot of potential.
Elsewhere, there is an urgent priority for United to sign a centre-back, but one addition may not be enough – with two stalwarts in Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic both leaving Old Trafford this summer.
It means that although Neville’s hope that United sign three players is one which certainly has identified problematic positions in the squad, it may also be slightly conservative.