Gary Neville has blasted Manchester United’s summer business and demanded the club sign three players before the deadline following an ‘appalling’ transfer window to date.
It’s been a frustrating summer of transfer activity for United who have failed to address the issues within their squad, the signing of midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax their only major business with just days remaining of the window.
The club have spent the summer pursuing a deal for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho but despite months of speculation and reported talks, there has been little progress in the saga with the Red Devils having been unwilling to meet the winger’s British transfer-record price-tag.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side also remain short defensively with both centre-back and left-back areas of concern, their lack of activity a huge frustration given the business conducted by several Premier League rivals.
The financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic was expected to put United in an advantageous position ahead of the summer, but the transfer window has only highlighted once more the shortcomings of a board who lack both direction and conviction.
Liverpool and Manchester City have both strengthened amid minimal fuss, whilst Chelsea have embarked on an expensive summer outlay as they bid to close the gap to the division’s leading sides.
Arsenal and Tottenham have also recruited sensibly and look better positioned to push forward, with Neville taking to social media to criticise his former side who face the potential prospect of falling further adrift.
“It’s appalling that in this market which is probably the easiest in Premier League history to get transfers done that United haven’t done more yet!” Neville wrote on Twitter.
“They must get Ole a centre-back, left-back and a forward pre deadline! The others are managing to get things over the line why not United?”
With less than a week to go until the closure of the transfer window it was suggested to Neville that any purchases would represent panic buys for the club, claims he swiftly refuted given the length of time United have had time to plan ahead of the window.
“Panic Buy? They’ve needed these positions filling for 12 months, had a national lockdown to regroup and re-set and ample time to manoeuvre deals to a conclusion.”