Manchester United legend Gary Neville insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should demand five new players from the club’s board.
This, twelve months on from José Mourinho demanding a centre-back and not getting one, may sound like a stretch but Solskjaer’s work thus far warrants that level of trust from above.
But the Glazers are happy with the Champions League qualification money each year. They don’t look at winning the title the same way, so it could be tough for Solskjaer to convince them to spend excessively in his first summer as manager.
Neville was discussing the squad’s quality before their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal and stated that his former teammate Solskjaer needs to make his terms clear before accepting a permanent deal at Old Trafford.
The win over PSG last week made Solskjaer’s position inevitable beyond this season.
While he’s obviously busy making sure results remain positive as well as the team’s performances, Solskjaer has been consulted about United’s transfer plans for the summer.
Gary Neville: “Ole’s doing an incredible job, but he needs to set the foundations and the rules with the guy he’s speaking to for his job now. He needs £200m-£250m. They still need three defenders, they still need a midfielder, they still need a striker.” #mulive [mail]
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United definitely need to sign a centre-back but three defenders in total? That’s surely hinting at another right-back and cover for Luke Shaw on the opposite flank.
In midfield we need additions, but I think we need a right winger more than a striker. Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku should provide the goods throughout next season when they will have an even better understanding of playing with each other.