Gary Neville has never hesitated to let everybody know a piece of his mind, and he’s openly admitted the fact that Manchester United is in no position to compete right now with the roster they have.
The former Red Devil and TV pundit thinks the team should do more to try and sign top-tier players as they did in the past, especially with their Premier League rivals strengthening their squads with superstars:
“Manchester United, somehow, have got to find a spine. Look at Liverpool. Fabinho, Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Roberto Firmino, unbelievable players, same with Manchester City’s spine. My thing at the moment is how do Manchester United recruit, in the next 12 to 18 months, a spine that will help United’s younger players?” Neville told Sky Sports.
Moreover, he went on to compare some of the players the Red Devils used to have under contract with the ones they have nowadays, claiming United needs a “stronger spine” to compete:
“Years ago, United’s spine were players like Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister, Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, Andy Cole, Eric Cantona. The spine of that team is immense. The problem with United’s team now is not the younger players on the pitch. The spine of the team is Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Ashley Young, and David de Gea. Who knows what the likes of Andreas Pereira, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James will become, they need a spine. If Manchester United get the right three players in amongst that squad, they won’t be far off. It can be done,” he concluded.
So, when asked about the three players he thought could solve United’s issues, he went on to Twitter to share a list of three french superstars: Raphael Varane, Kylian Mbappe, and N’Golo Kante.
Varane , Kante and Mbappe https://t.co/cvI1uYJERh
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) September 17, 2019
Luring Kante out of Chelsea won’t be an easy task, considering he’s a direct rival, while they were already linked with a move for Raphael Varane in the past.
As for Mbappe, you know Paris Saint-Germain isn’t going to let him walk away easily, but they have enough money to compete with Real Madrid for his services once the time comes.