Manchester United can compete for the Premier League only if they spend £100 million to sign a centre-back and a central midfielder.
That’s the opinion of former United star Phil Neville, who believes that the Red Devils are nowhere near challenging for the league title with the squad that they have at the moment.
‘I know United have spent £150m’, the 37-year-old BBC Radio 5 live. ‘I think there's another two transfer windows of similar amounts of money needed - maybe £100m - before they can even think about winning the title.
‘There are still key positions in the team that need filling. I think the centre-back position is obviously the key area. Holding midfield or centre midfield needs addressing [too]’.
Neville later took to social networking site Twitter to explain that he meant a total outlay £100m across the next two transfers windows (January 2015 and next summer).
The fact that United need a world-class and experienced centre-back who can fill the shoes of the departed Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand has been highlighted by pretty much all footballers-turned-pundits.
However, not many have stated that United need a central midfielder. After all, manager Louis van Gaal signed Daley Blind from Ajax for £14 million on transfer deadline day precisely to play the role of a defensive midfielder, while Ander Herrera can also play in central midfield.
Interestingly, Neville’s younger brother, Gary – also a United legend and one of the best football pundits – had also recently pointed out the need for the Manchester outfit to sign a central midfielder in the summer (click here to read more).