Manchester United legend Gary Neville thinks that the club need to make three or four new signings in order to challenge for the Premier League title, reports the Daily Express.
This comes after the Red Devils scraped a 1-2 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday to keep their push for Champions League qualification on course after a terrible run of three successive defeats. However, the team are still 15 points behind recently crowned top flight champions Chelsea. It will take some significant investment for them to catch up with their rivals and challenge next season.
Neville believes that manager Louis van Gaal will be aiming to do this, but it may be too much for the 63-year-old to accomplish. It is only two campaigns since they last won the title, but the club have dropped off significantly since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The 40-year-old said: “They’ve already started buying the players. Depay has come in already so it looks like they’re going to be aggressive and on the front foot in the transfer market again. It needs that really. If you look at Manchester United’s squad at this moment in time it won’t get close to Chelsea, as it currently is.
“But with three or four signings – the right ones – then they can challenge Chelsea for the title next season. Arsenal and Manchester City will feel the same. To win it in the third season probably would be his aim. To jump from here to win the title next season is probably what Louis van Gaal will be thinking, but it’s a big jump.”
Next up for United are Arsenal, and they will know that a win will guarantee fourth place even if fifth placed Liverpool beat Chelsea on Sunday. Qualifying for Europe’s premier club competition will allow them to spend even more within the constraints of Financial Fair Play.