Manchester United need to buy up to five players this summer, Gary Neville has told Sky Sports.

United’s good run of form has put us in a strong position to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

As we wrote yesterday, this is not summer for the club’s owners to tighten the budget. United need to build on this recent progress.

Former United captain Neville says that the club need to strengthen in key areas.

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Neville said: “Ole has transformed the transfer strategy in the last 18-months/two years. I would still say now the club need to invest this summer.

“Mason Greenwood is playing right wing, they need a right winger. They need a centre-forward.

“I think they need a centre-back, they need a proper challenger for David De Gea and at left-back they may be need something, if Luke Shaw gets injured, it just feels like they need something there.

“So for me they need four or five players still, to challenge, and get into the position where they can say we are going to challenge for the title, and we’re going to win in Europe. That’s where the club needs to get to.”

Neville on the right track

Failing to capitalise on this team’s progress would be a mistake, and the club would look back on it for years as a missed opportunity.

 

Neville is right to note that a right winger needs to be signed, despite Mason Greenwood’s impact at the position. It is a role in the squad which has been unaddressed for too long, and United need competition.

Odion Ighalo is only a short term option up front too, with his current loan contract set to run out in the middle of next season. Trying to buy in January again will be tough.

Axel Tuanzebe’s injury hit campaign has heightened a desire for United to improve in defence. At present it feels like the side is thin on cover, despite Tuanzebe’s potential, and Teden Mengi’s progress at academy level.

It is unlikely that United sign another goalkeeper to challenge De Gea, when we have on loan Dean Henderson as an option, and Sergio Romero in the mix.

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At left-back, Neville’s comments do a little disservice to Brandon Williams, who has been a strong back-up for Luke Shaw over this past season. Injuries to both players last night of course paint his pre-game comments in a new light.

United’s priorities should be to find a back-up for Bruno Fernandes, and a player who can allow Marcus Rashford more rest time too. It’s possible the same player could fulfil both roles.

Last summer United signed three players, which most fans agreed was not enough, and this led to two signings being made in January.

This time around hopefully we will be able to get what we need in one window, rather than two.

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