Gary Neville has discussed Manchester United’s ‘desperate’ attempts to sign Jadon Sancho and believes the club should be prepared to ‘move on’ following their failed pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund star.
Sancho emerged as the number one target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the summer transfer window, but despite months of speculation surrounding a potential deal, the England international appears no closer to a move to Old Trafford.
It’s proven to be a frustrating saga in a window of minimal activity for United to date, the club finally adding to their ranks with the capture of midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax last week.
Neville, however, remains concerned by the lack of business amid heavy investment from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City and has questioned his former side’s ‘desperate’ and prolonged attempts to sign Sancho.
“Like everyone else they had three months off because of coronavirus, so I don’t think it should be the case they didn’t have the resource or time to get things done,” he told the Mail.
“Chelsea got their business done, [Manchester] City have got three or four pieces done. I don’t think timing’s the issue. It’s just a thing with United that every time they go for a player in the last four, five, six years it feels they are a little bit desperate.
“They think they can hang on but they always pay it [the asking price] in the end.
“That’s sometimes where I think you can take control, give a hard deadline and say ‘we’re moving away from this deal’.“
Neville reiterated his belief that the club should set ‘hard deadlines’ when it comes to pursuing players and move to alternative targets if required, revealing his frustrations with United’s approach to the transfer market in comparison to more efficient Premier League rivals.
“The fact that it’s dragged on. Just say to Dortmund ‘leave him there’ and go get another player.
“There are plenty of players around, there can’t be just one player you’re chasing.
“It is frustrating but I do think United have been better in these last couple of seasons, more careful and not making mistakes either.
“If you can’t get a deal done [for Sancho] you have to move on. You certainly have to give hard deadlines on players.”
United have been linked with the likes of Kingsley Coman and Douglas Costa as alternatives to Sancho, though the Old Trafford outfit are still reported to be trying to strike a deal over the 20-year-old Dortmund forward.