Man Utd transfer fear raised by Gary Neville because of Real Madrid | Football | Sport
That’s the worry of club legend Gary Neville.
The Red Devils slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City last night in what was their seventh loss in their last nine games across all competitions.
Following a 4-0 thrashing at Everton at the weekend, Manchester United’s flaws were again exposed and they have now conceded 13 goals and gone 527 minutes since they last scored a goal from open play.
That has seen an inquest into what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must do in the summer to help bridge the gap to their rivals City and Liverpool, who are now 25 and 24 points ahead of United with three games to go of the Premier League campaign.
Solskjaer has admitted his Old Trafford rebuild will take time but provided an insight into his plans this summer when he declared: “I’m going to be successful here and there are players here that won’t be part of that successful team.”
The loss over Man City caused a huge debate among the Sky Sports panel after the match with Roy Keane revealing his concerns about whether United will be able to attract top-tier players.
Graeme Souness declared: “United will always attract players.”
But former United hero Keane said back: “Graeme I always thought that. When I was a player and up to the last two players if I spoke to a player with a chance to go to Man United I said, ‘You’ve got to go. I don’t care, brilliant club, absolutely brilliant club.’
“But you’re on about players wanting to win the big prizes, you look at Man United, if you’re a top player you will not want to come to Man United because there’s better options out there in terms of winning trophies.”
Neville agreed with ex-Liverpool midfielder Souness, but expressed his doubts about the competition that his former club will face given the need for several powerhouses across Europe to overhaul their squads.
He waded in: “I agree. I always thought that Man United would be able to attract the best players.
“These are great clubs, let’s be clear about this.
“Absolutely I agree [United are a great club too] but Man United are in the market with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at the moment to try and sign the same players.
“Manchester City want players, Arsenal need players, Chelsea. They all want players. That’s the big problem.
“It’s not just United that need to rebuild, there’s other clubs as well that want to at the same time.”