Phil Neville has indicated that Manchester United must be looking at strengthening during the transfer windows to make sure that the club doesn’t get left behind everybody else in the Premier League.
United’s lack of summer acquisitions may soon be exposed with a midfield crisis on the horizon due to injuries and speaking to Football Focus on the BBC, Neville admitted that United must keep reinvesting in the squad to stay up with the competition.
“We have a fantastic squad as it is,” he said.
“In the transfer window early on in the season we were looking for players, that was well documented.
“That search continues. We need to keep reinvesting in the squad because if you stand still in this league you get left behind, as Manchester City found out last season when they didn’t strengthen as much and they ended up losing the league [title].”
United’s failed pursuits of Cesc Fabregas, Ander Herrera, Sami Khedira and Fabio Coentrao were well documented and left the squad very thin in midfield once again but Neville’s very straight forward approach indicates that we may strengthen in January.
Khedira is now out for the season so we won’t be going back for him and another move for Fabregas seems unlikely given how he doesn’t want to leave. As for Herrera, he has struggled with his form and if United didn’t feel he was worth his release clause before this season, that opinion wouldn’t have changed now. Coentrao is a possibility but the onus still looks on a central midfielder despite the arrival of Marouane Fellaini in the summer.
It’s good to hear Neville speak so candidly about the necessity to invest in order to not fall behind and with January less than six weeks away, it might not be long before there are fresh faces at Old Trafford.