Gary Neville thinks that it will be at least two years before Manchester United are in a position to challenge for the Premier League title.
Manchester United last got their hands on the Premier League trophy back in 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson’s final year at the club, with the Red Devils now onto their fourth permanent manager since the great man’s retirement.
They have consistently struggled to even achieve a top-four finish, and despite United being linked with heavily backing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in this summer’s transfer market, Gary Neville thinks it will be a good few seasons before his former side return to the top, calling United’s recruitment ‘an abyss’.
“That person might be there already but it’s a bit of an abyss in terms of the recruitment side of things,” Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast.
“I don’t know who at the club could navigate the job that needs to be done to put Manchester United into championship territory. It’s a two-year job to turn that squad into one that can win the title. I don’t think they’ll get everyone in they want and I don’t think they’ll get the ones out – it will take two years and plenty of patience.
“The noise coming out of Manchester United is that they will go back to their principles in signing the players that are about to hit their best. The ones that have the ability to be the best in the world. That’s the right approach.
“What the club have done over the last few years will need some unravelling. It will need some unpicking – that’s Ole’s main job. If the club are going back to the days of pace, power and counter-attacking, then they will have to adapt the current squad but it will take some time and work from someone that is qualified to do it.”
It has been claimed that up to six players could leave Old Trafford this summer as Solskjaer begins his overhaul of Manchester United squad.