Former Manchester United player, Gary Neville, has warned Louis van Gaal that he mustn’t panic buy despite their dismal start against Swansea.
The 2-1 against the Swans was the club’s first opening day home defeat since 1972 and Van Gaal indicated afterwards that the club needs to bring in new quality players.
Neville agrees with Van Gaal but urged the Dutchman to bring in the ‘right players’ instead of panic buys.
“In the last five transfer windows they have spent some money. In the previous ones to that, maybe there was under-investment because Sir Alex was happy with the squad that he had,” the Sky Sports pundit said.
“Of course they need to spend because they have to; they have to bring more players in. There’s no doubt about that. But it’s critical they bring the right players in.”
Neville underlined his statement by comparing United’s signings in the last twelve months to the players which were on the market for a similar amount of money.
“They’ve spent £140million in the last 12 months and they’ve got Zaha, Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini and Mata,” he explained.
“Last season I’d argue that some of those buys were panic buys, who didn’t fit the philosophy – and they’re paying for it now.
“For that money, or a bit more money, you could have got Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis.
“Put those four players in and we’d have been saying United were favourites for the league maybe and maybe the Champions League?”
However, Neville insists Louis van Gaal won’t repeat the mistakes of last season even in case he won’t get the players he wants.
“They’ve got to recruit well and they’ve got a manager now who won’t panic buy, he won’t breech his philosophy and he is strong enough to sit there if he can’t get the players,” he added.
“The key is can they get the players that they want? It’s not just spending money for the sake of it.
“Last year they brought in two players who I don’t think suited what they wanted at the time – and that’s a bigger problem.”
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