Gary Neville: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need five Man United signings
Man United legend Gary Neville outlines what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need to do in the summer transfer window
Gary Neville believes Manchester United need to bring in up to five new players in a busy summer of transfer activity at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils appointed Solskjaer as their permanent manager last week ahead of Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Watford on Saturday afternoon.
The Norwegian head coach has managed to bring back a feel-good atmosphere to Old Trafford after he replaced the beleaguered Jose Mourinho last summer.
Solskjaer has successfully managed to rekindle top form out of players such as Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.
However, Manchester United’s defence remains far from convincing, while there is a real lack of pace in the Red Devils team.
Some of the club’s more senior players, such as Antonio Valencia and Juan Mata, are approaching the end of their current contracts, too.
Former Manchester United defender Neville believes Solskjaer has a lot of work to do with regards to ingoing and outgoing players in the summer transfer window.
“United have a big, big job,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“There are four or five players that Solskjaer will want to keep that are out of contract and he needs to tie down.
“There are four or five players he will need to bring in, and there are probably four or five players that he needs to get out.
“If you think about that in terms of the job over the next two or three months, you’ve got probably 12 live situations; four players to sign new contracts, four players to get into the club, four players to get out for the most money possible.
“That needs a good ‘wheeler dealer’ behind the scenes, someone who can manage that situation. United haven’t been brilliant at that in the last few years.
“I think that’s the big job. That’s not Solskjaer’s job, but it will determine the outcome of his success in terms of the future.”
Manchester United suffered a surprise 2-1 loss to Wolves at Molineux on Tuesday night to cast doubt on a top-four finish.
Diogo Jota’s strike and Chris Smalling’s own goal resulted in a narrow defeat for the Red Devils after Manchester United broke the deadlock in the first half through Scott McTominay.