Gary Neville has given his view on Manchester United’s current problems in the transfer market.
The Reds have so far only signed Swansea City winger Daniel James, despite calls for a squad overhaul following last season’s hugely underwhelming campaign.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had wanted all of his signings in before the pre-season tour of Australia, but this now looks increasingly unlikely with the squad set to fly out on July 8th for two friendlies.
Neville was understanding of United’s struggles to so far secure big name targets this summer.
“It’s difficult to do business, it’s not easy. Everyone knows Manchester United want players and price tags will go up,” he told Sky Sports.
You’ve got to try and encourage players to come to the club. Players don’t just jump to sign for any club – they do their homework and get their agents to get to work. They probably have 50 meetings before they sign for a club nowadays. Manchester United will be in the pit with the rest of the sharks looking for the big signings. It’s difficult for all clubs they all want the same players.”
“Players that are being bandied about, there are four or five clubs in for them. They aren’t just going to sign for the first club, they’ll choose wisely and look at the different aspects. Manchester United have got a big job to do in order to get a squad right for a championship challenge. Hopefully that’ll start this summer but it’s not just bringing players in, it’s about getting some out, ” Neville added.
Neville is right in pointing out that these deals are difficult to get over the line with competitions for transfers with big name clubs, who also probably have the added incentive of Champions League football. However, United are still a huge attraction and the club should have been far more efficient in getting the deals Solskjaer has wanted to get done.
We hope to see a few more new names joining the club before the transfer window ends in August.