Manchester United have continued to spend big in the transfer market, but is their squad good enough? Gary Neville has raised his “concern”.
The Red Devils have, for all of the complaints levelled against the Glazer family ownership, never been afraid of splashing the cash on new recruits. That was the case once again over the summer, with the likes of Andre Onana, Mason Mount and Rasmus Hojlund snapped up for a combined outlay of over £170 million ($211m).
United have stumbled out of the blocks under Erik ten Hag in 2023-24, taking six points from five Premier League games, and questions continue to be asked of the direction in which the club is heading on and off the pitch – with a long-running takeover saga dragging on behind the scenes.
Former Red Devils defender Neville has told Sky Sports of the issues holding United back: “There is no Manchester United fan I know, that has got a brain, that is most angry with Erik ten Hag. What they want really is a change of ownership and they want stability and they want a group of players that are committed. And I don’t think the players aren’t committed. I just wonder how good they are. That is my concern.
“There are players there that can step up. But the amount of money Manchester United have spent on that squad, it should have been a lot better. They’ve signed Onana, Hojlund and Mount. Does that make them better than what they were? Hojlund has got promise, but I feel for him a little bit. He has been asked to carry the whole of the team in some ways. Let’s see what happens but there are concerns, definitely, and concerns from the fans and concerns generally within the club. It doesn’t look right at this moment in time and it needs to stabilise.”
United suffered a 3-1 defeat at home to Brighton in their last outing and need to pick themselves up for a heavyweight Champions League clash with Bundesliga title holders Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.