Gary Neville admits Manchester United need to sign three forwards in summer transfer window

Gary Neville has called for major improvements in Manchester United’s recruitment policy in order to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool.

United’s business in the transfer market over the last few seasons has been heavily criticized amid the club’s ongoing struggles. It has now been five years since the Reds last won a trophy.

Having finished second last year in the Premier League, they had been expected by many to mount a title challenge following the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho in the summer. Instead, they find themselves out of all of the cup competitions, and facing a battle just to finish in the top four.

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And as the summer approaches, United face a potentially massive overhaul with a raft of players — including Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani — set to leave, while Ronaldo’s future looks uncertain. With a new manager set to arrive at the end of the season, it’s set to be a pivotal summer for the club.

“It’s in no doubt Manchester United need a new manager, but they also need to look very hard above that,” Neville told Sky Sports. “You’ve got some smart operators in the clubs that they’re up against.

“(Luis) Diaz was going to Tottenham, he’s then gone to Liverpool. There’s not even been a mention of him going to Manchester United.

“Manchester United are going to lose Cavani at the end of the season, probably going to lose Pogba, they’ve lost Greenwood, Rashford’s out of form, Martial’s gone to Sevilla and will probably go at the end of the season.

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“They’re going to need two or three in those positions, and they weren’t even mentioned. You watch that lad (Diaz) in the Carabao Cup final, and I watched him on Saturday at Brighton, and I’m thinking ‘what a player he is’. Tough, aggressive, works hard, creates chances, his reaction from him when he gave the ball away is unbelievable, he sprints back.

“The recruitment, I have to say, has been disappointing for a long time. I think it’s been better in the last two or three years, I know some people will disagree with that. I don’t think anybody at the time thought they were bad signings when they signed Varane or Sancho or Cristiano Ronaldo. I think everybody thought they were good signings, and I agree, I thought they were good signings.”

Neville added: “There is something about the coaching aspect that needs to be put right, but there’s also an element of culture and belief, and feeling that it’s a proper football club that does things the best, that does things the right way, that’s an elite operator, that thinks about excellence all the time.

“What does excellence mean in a football sense? That means doing everything well, not just the bits that everyone sees on the pitch. You’ve got to do everything well behind the scenes.

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“That’s what Pep has created at Manchester City, and that’s what Jurgen Klopp and the owners at Liverpool have created, they’ve created that spirit. I said four years ago, when you see and feel it in the ground, that connections between the bench, the team, the fans and the directors box, you get that right and you’ve got one hell of a powerful football club.”

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