Having spent £150m last summer, van Gaal’s side had some very indifferent form at points this season but have since gone on to have an incredible run of form which sees them visit Stamford Bridge this weekend off the back of six consecutive wins.
It is a remarkably swift turnaround given that David Moyes left the club in tatters and looking ahead to next season, Neville doesn’t feel there is much that needs improving to take United’s squad up a gear.
“If you asked me three months ago, I would have said [United] were a long way behind,” Neville said.
“Two or three months ago, they would have been thinking Chelsea are a long way in front of us. Now the recruitment battle that will happen in the summer becomes critical. If they get that right, United will feel confident they can challenge Chelsea for the title next season.
“I don’t think this summer is a case of United rebuilding or total restructure of the squad. They need to continue to improve in two or three positions: a central defender, a midfielder and a winger.
“It is a case of trading well, rather than wholesale buying. I don’t expect another £150 million spend I don’t think it is required.”
A central defender is an absolute must. Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones have all played well there at various points but in terms of having an experienced player in defence leading the team, United are really in need of that.
Meanwhile, van Gaal has already made it clear he wants a new central midfielder and a box-to-box type player with strong defensive tendencies is someone who would tick the boxes for van Gaal, someone like Kevin Strootman.
As for a winger, Neville suggesting that is indicative of Angel di Maria’s indifferent season and he is right that United need a fresh face there. Memphis Depay is a player many feel will make the move to Old Trafford and he would slot in straight away as a pacey winger with a real goalscoring threat.