Chris Sutton insists Manchester United will need to pay £150m to qualify for the Champions League

by Tanveer Arayan

Chris Sutton believes Manchester United will have to fork out £150m on transfers when Louis van Gaal leaves at the end of the season if they want to qualify for the Champions League.

The pressure on the Dutchman has intensified after Man United lost 2-1 to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light over the weekend.

Jose Mourinho has been heavily associated with a move to Old Trafford and reports indicate he could even be in charge before the end of the month.

He claims Man United have been far too inconsistent to qualify through the Premier League.

“I think Van Gaal will go, a new man will come in and they will have to spend another £150m if they want to get in the Champions League next year because it doesn’t look like they will make it”, Sutton said on the BBC’s Final Score programme.

“They have 12 games left. They will probably have to win ten and they have been too inconsistent to see them doing that.”

Missing out on the Champions League for the second time in three years would have been unthinkable at the start of the season but it’s a likely situation which we have now put ourselves. We’re six points behind Manchester City and not currently playing consistently enough to have any confidence of overcoming that gap.

I’m not sure another £150m needs to be spent though. Yes we need some reinforcements in the squad but we’re not that far off having a top team. That being said, £150m isn’t even that much in the current market so maybe it would be that much.

Either way, United are not currently good enough to be challenging for the title and we’re some way short of that happening.

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