Manchester united squad needs strengthening-Neville

philPhil Neville Manchester United coach admits that the club might be in danger of being ‘left behind’ if they fail to strengthen the squad with new signings.

United will make a new bid for Everton left-back Leighton Baines in January, although David Moyes has publicly played down expectations of obtaining a high-profile signing in the upcoming transfer window.

“We have a fantastic squad as it is,” Neville told the BBC’s ‘Football Focus’.

“In the transfer window early on in the season we were looking for players, that was well documented.

“That search continues. We need to keep reinvesting in the squad because if you stand still in this league you get left behind, as Manchester City found out last season when they didn’t strengthen as much and they ended up losing the league [title].”

Neville has hailed Wayne Rooney’s performances this season and says the England international, paired alongside Robin van Persie, will transend United to the top this season.

“His level of performance not just in games but in training has been first class,” Neville said.

“And at the start of the season when we weren’t in the best of form, he was a shining light.

“Now you are seeing everybody else to come into form, and with the partnership between him and Robin van Persie, if they continue at that rate in terms of goals, then we will be right up there.

“If you look at facts, when they play together, Manchester United win football games.”

Af a defeat at home to West Brom in September, it signified that United suffered a terrible start in the league for 24 years but four wins and a draw since the defeat has put Manchester United five points behind leaders Arsenal.

Neville thinks the players are now aligning with Moyes’ playing style and concedes the club inevitably faced a sharp change from Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign.

“Defeat by West Brom was a real wake-up call for the players and manager,” he said.

“The players are beginning to trust the manager and his philosophy and I think you saw that against Arsenal.”

“It was always going to take a bit of time after one man had controlled the club for so long, there was always going to be a transition period.”

Adeyemi Adesanya
Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan

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