The Red Devils lost for the third time in eight games after Matty Longstaff netted the winner in Newcastle United’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Manchester United’s defeat has left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a mere two points above the relegation zone to raise serious questions about the lack of quality in the team.
The 20-time English champions have lost to Crystal Palace, West Ham United and Newcastle in the current campaign – all teams that the Red Devils would customarily expect to beat without too many problems.
Manchester United are lightweight up front following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the summer, while the Red Devils also lack creativity in midfield.
Former Red Devils defender Neville believes Manchester United’s board are to blame for the club’s regression and he feels that up to six new players are required.
“Away from home, they’re not set up to win in a sense of the mentality,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“They let games drift, I think they play OK in games, but they’re not ruthless, they’re not clinical. The quality is not right, the depth of their squad is not good enough and they have taking a step back.
“Their recruitment has been woeful for many years and they’ve been all over the place in terms of different styles of managers who are bringing in players.
“They now need to fix the style, fix a way of recruiting and go and get the players. They got three in the summer of the right type, they’ve done OK so far but they need another five or six.
“They need another centre-back, they need a left-back, they need two central midfield players, they need a wide player and they need a top centre-forward.
“They need five or six top players in that squad and they’re going to cost a lot of money. Hopefully they can be supplemented by the young players coming through, because there is some talent in those players.
“The board need to hold their nerve. They’re responsible for this with poor recruitment, poor selection of managers, going with them and then pulling off them. They’ve also gone for different styles of managers, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now taking the club in a completely different direction.”
Manchester United failed to register a shot on target in their goalless draw with Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The Red Devils will take on bitter rivals Liverpool FC in their next Premier League game on Sunday 20 October.
Manchester United have only beaten Chelsea FC and Leicester in their opening eight games.
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