Manchester United legend Gary Neville says that the key to the club reviving their fortunes is reinforcing the spine of the squad over the next three or four transfer windows.
The TV pundit has praised the club’s decision to revert to signing young players with potential this summer, but he is also keen for the Red Devils to bring in experience right through the centre of the team. He believes United must follow Liverpool’s example:
“Manchester United somehow have got to find a spine. All championship-winning teams have strong spines. Liverpool’s spine has come from [Virgil] Van Dijk at £75million, [Roberto] Firmino’s £30million, Alisson, a fantastic goalkeeper, and Fabinho. The recruitment has got to be good to support these players.”
“Liverpool bought Van Dijk, Fabinho and Alisson and they were transformed overnight. Manchester United get the right three players in that group and they won’t be far away.”
It must be said that United have already gone down that route to some extent. They have secured goalkeeper David De Gea to a long-term contract and signed Harry Maguire for a record fee to marshall the centre of defence.
However, improvements do need to be made in central midfield and up front, and as Neville points out, fans may have to be patient as they wait for the club to develop over the next few seasons.