Gary Neville thinks that Manchester United ‘can still attract top-end players’ despite the clubs continuing struggles.
Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, Manchester United have only finished in the top four twice, while having to rely on winning the Europa League in 2017 to qualify for the Champions League.
They once again failed to qualify for Europe’s premier competition this year after a disastrous end of the season, winning two of their last 12 games, but former right-back Gary Neville doesn’t think that the club has lost its allure for the games top talent.
“I think United can still attract top-end players because we’ve seen good players come to the club over the last six or seven years,” Neville said after a legends game between United and Bayern Munich, as per the MEN.
“This club will never move away from being a sensational football club. It will have difficult moments, and it’s having a difficult time.
“The money in the game now means you’re always in competition. The club has lost players when it’s successful to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
“[We] Lost (Arjen) Robben to Chelsea in the mid-2000s, we lost (Samir) Nasri to City. Don’t always think that when Sir Alex Ferguson was here it didn’t happen.
“This club lost players when it was successful to some of the biggest clubs in Europe that are competing with United.
“Don’t think that if United lose players now to Barcelona that this is the first time it’s ever happened, it’s happened before.
“It’s not because of the current plight, or the coach, or the manager, or the current players, it just happens sometimes. It happened during successful times too.”