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Shearer: Manchester United ‘need to have a clear out’

Alan Shearer believes Manchester United need to have a ‘clear out’ this summer after what has been a dreadful campaign.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have endured a disappointing season, finishing the campaign in sixth and missing out on qualification for next season’s Champions League.

Former England captain Shearer believes the club need to move away from the short-term thinking behind recent player recruitment, and target ‘young, hungry players’ this summer.

“A lot of their signings have been short-term rather than thinking about [the] long-term,” Shearer said on Match of the Day.

“I think a lot of them have been panic buys. They need to sit and have a hard, long think. They need to have a clear out. They need players to come in, young, hungry players who want to play for that football club – unlike some of the signings that they have made.”

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Manchester United finished the season with a surprise 2-0 home defeat to already relegated Cardiff, with Shearer particularly critical of Paul Pogba’s role in Cardiff’s second goal.

The French midfielder allowed Josh Murphy to run off him to assist Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, with Shearer saying the goal ‘epitomises everything that is wrong’ with the current United side.

“This is the problem at Old Trafford. This epitomises everything that is wrong with this football club and this football team,” Shearer said.

“Murphy and Pogba are together. Have a look at them in a couple of seconds.

“It’s a throw-in. That is not difficult. That is not hard. That is pretty simple to stay with your man. Murphy just runs off Pogba with ease, he knocks it across for a simple tap-in, but, I think that tells you everything that is wrong with that football club at this moment in time.”

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Speaking on The Football Faithful‘s weekly podcast last week, Manchester United fan Peter Henry admitted he has never felt as disconnected with his beloved club as he has of late.

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