Gary Neville slams Man United board over summer transfers
The Sky Sports pundit insists Man United needed to sign at least one more centre-back in the summer transfer window
Gary Neville believes that United needed to sign at least one more centre-back in the summer transfer window.
In the wake of the Red Devil’s 3-2 loss against Brighton FC in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, Manchster United’s transfer policy over the last few months has been called into question once again.
According to Sky Sports, the club desperately tried to bring in another centre-back over the summer, which was the main area of the squad manager Jose Mourinho highlighted as needing improvement.
Leicester’s Harry Maguire, Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld were all linked with moves to Old Trafford during the transfer window, but no deals materialised before the deadline.
Ex-Man United full-back Neville now believes that the failure to bring in reinforcements at the back has left the current crop of defenders at the club with a much bigger burden to bear.
Neville told Sky Sports: “There’s no doubt that before the first game of the season, Manchester United needed one or two authoritative new centre-backs. Jose Mourinho, in his own words, gave the list, and it wasn’t delivered.
“For whatever reason – maybe they were too expensive, they didn’t fit the club’s philosophy or players weren’t available. You knew full well that once Manchester United hadn’t signed those players that the current centre-backs were going to be under big, big pressure.”
Neville then went on to suggest that Mourinho was in the wrong for publicly voicing his frustration over the lack of new signings.
He added: “There’s nothing worse for a player in a dressing room than
having the club in public talking about players they haven’t got and players they want to bring in in certain positions.
“What does that do to the confidence of the players who are at the club? Not a lot.”
Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Porto defender Diogo Dalot and Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant were the only new arrivals at Old Trafford this summer.