Out of control - Manchester United transfer business criticised by Neville

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Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has criticised the club's late transfer dealings.

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville is firm in his belief Manchester United have made 'exciting' signings, but he also feels the strategy employed by the club this summer lacked precision.

After clinching deals for Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw in the first week of July, the Red Devils waited up the final week, and indeed final hours, to make late additions.

Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao are names to impress anybody, but Neville believes chief executive Ed Woodward lacked direction, leaving deals until the last minute and spending too much.

He told Talksport: "It’s not the way I would expect United to go about their business; I thought it would be more controlled.

"In one sense I am excited because they have signed world-class players. People jumped on the bandwagon last year and said they wouldn’t attract players. But they have a massive commercial operation. They have overpaid, there is no doubt about that, but people will still go there."

The lack of direction is in effect the consequence of the managerial change in the summer. David Moyes would have been making his own plans, for which Louis van Gaal likely ditched many, wanting to assess his own players.

The lack of strategy was evident with regard to the defence, with no top level replacement signed for Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic, while in midfield, Daley Blind or Ander Herrera are, with respect, no Arturo Vidal.

Neville went onto raise the point about fitting the new signings in alongside Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj and co. a difficulty which illustrates the talented yet ultimately unbalanced team.

The good news for United fans are, surely their summer next season will be more controlled and have better planning, which is one reason to keep Louis van Gaal around whatever happens.

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