Ex-Liverpool defender Steve Nicol believes United need to sign eight players this summer to get back to competing in the league.
United’s squad is currently in disarray, and we have seen no immediate signs this summer that there are plans of a summer overhaul. Daniel James remains the only confirmed signing so far, though the Reds have been heavily linked with stars such as Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Bruno Fernandes
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Nicol believes instead of buying few expensive stars, United need a total rebuild this summer.
“We can look at this two way,” Nicol said on ESPN FC, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
“Are they going to go for value? I’m sure they would like to. But guess what, they’re not going to have an option but to do that.
“Do you think there is any real ‘name’ player is going to go to Manchester United right now? Not a chance.
“So actually if you want to forget how much they’ve got available, who are they going to get regardless of how much money they’ve got?.”
“Who with a name is going to go to Manchester United right now? Nobody”
“And if it is £100m, what’s that going to get you? One big name or maybe two really good players.
“Manchester United need three quarters of a team. They don’t need one superstar or two good players.
“So whichever way you want to look at it, they’re in desperate trouble.”
Nicol is brutal in his assessment of United’s current situation, although it is hard to disagree with anything the Scotsman is saying.
United are seriously lacking in key areas all over the pitch and it is clear that several transfers must come in. However, we all know that signing anywhere near eight players is highly unlikely, especially given the inactivity so far this summer window.