Gary Neville: Manchester United guilty of panic buys
Gary Neville believes his former side are guilty of panic buys and must rectify that in the summer transfer window, according to FourFourTwo. The ex-Man United full-back explained how Man United wanted the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo but instead signed Marouane Fellaini.
Manchester United have had a disastrous campaign which has seen them sack Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor, David Moyes, and appoint Ryan Giggs as interim manager.
Neville believes the new manager should follow Giggs’ example, by promoting youth players such as James Wilson and Tom Lawrence.
Neville said: “United have panicked into signing players who were not their top choices,” the 39-year-old said.
“It was quite public last summer who United’s targets were – it was either (Gareth) Bale or (Cristiano) Ronaldo, it was (Cesc) Fabregas, it was (Leighton) Baines and it was (Marouane) Fellaini (only the latter joined the club).
“They were the targets, it was publicised – and I don’t know why because Manchester United have always kept their transfer dealings really quiet. I’m not quite sure how all of a sudden everyone knows who they are signing.
“But if they can’t get number one, number two, three, four, I’m not in a rush.
“As a Manchester United fan, I’d rather see James Wilson come through than some fourth-choice striker who isn’t at the top of the list.
“I don’t want signing number eight, nine, 10 because they can’t get number one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. I have no interest in that.
“If he (Van Gaal) decides he wants eight players, that doesn’t mean he should go and buy eight players.
“Signing three or four real top-quality (players) – and improving next season, bedding them in and then going again with two or three more the year after is the organic approach I would expect Manchester United to have.
“However, I didn’t expect Manchester United to sack a manager after 10 months, so what’s going to happen in the next few months, who knows?”
Manchester United created 438 chances in the Premier League in 2012/13. They created 387 in the 2013/14 campaign.