Gary Neville calls for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be backed with new signings in order for Manchester United to reach ‘the next step’


Solskjaer needs backing, says Neville (Picture: Getty/UEFA)

Gary Neville has urged Manchester United’s board to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the transfer market in order for them to win trophies and break into the top two.

United finished in third place last season, trailing second-placed side Manchester City by 15 points and 33 behind Premier League champions Liverpool.

Solskjaer’s side also suffered three semi-final defeats, in the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup, and will be looking to rectify their shortcomings this season.

The Red Devils have added Donny van de Beek to their ranks, who will be vying for a spot in midfield alongside Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

But in order to reach the next level, United legend Neville believes his former side need a minimum of four or five new signings.

‘A trophy and breaking that top two has to be the next step. I think this year he has to look to break that top two and that’s going to be difficult,’ Neville said.

Van de Beek is United’s only major signing so far this summer (Picture; Getty Images)

‘He needs more players and support from the board to do that.

‘If United don’t sign any players it won’t be down to the manager that they haven’t broken into that top two.

‘There isn’t anybody in the world with that squad that would break that top two in this moment in time and maybe even struggle to compete with Chelsea with the way they’ve strengthened.

‘So this is the moment that Ole, yes he had a difficult start to last season, but I think with what he’s done he deserves that backing that the other managers in the last ten years have been afforded.’

‘I said last season, even when United were doing well, that they need four or five players of the highest quality not only to challenge for squad places but that can go into the first team,’ the ex-England full-back added.

‘And I think that was proven in the bigger moments towards the end of the season, where you look over the shoulder on the bench and the game changers aren’t there, the depth is not there.

‘They definitely need a centre-back, they definitely need a midfield player, they definitely need a forward and a right winger, and I think that they need also potentially another defender, maybe a left back.

‘So, for me, it’s four or five players as a minimum that they needed.’

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