Gary Neville has given his thoughts on Manchester United’s transfer window so far, insisting that Jose Mourinho will need to invest further over the next month or so.
Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic looks to be Mourinho’s third signing of the summer after the Serie A side signed Keita Balde from Lazio as a replacement.
But Neville, speaking on Sky Sports, has noted that Man United will need to make further additions to compete with Europe’s elite next season.
“United need to strengthen, but they all do – quite a bit. Even the champions need to if they’re to repeat what they did last season.
“You’re not just talking about winning the Premier League title, you’re talking about competing in Europe. English clubs have been well short in the last few seasons.
“All big clubs want to be winning Champions Leagues. That won’t happen unless they significantly improve. United need to sign four or five players.”
Neville is making a broader point here, and one that deserves greater recognition: the ever yawning chasm between English sides and those from Europe. Even teams like Gent, for example, can dismantle the effervescent, much revered Tottenham Hotspur side of last season.
This won’t stop. In fact, it will continue to grow. But let us just side with the 52 per cent for a moment and ignore Europe.
After all, Mourinho himself noted at the end of last season that, following a sixth place finish, the Premier League would be the priority next term, and supporters will just hope to see him stick to that promise. The focus simply has to be on engineering an approach that, above anything, benefits the squad’s Premier League chances following such a tumultuous campaign last time out.