Expecting a busy summer of transfer activity at Manchester Untied, Gary Neville believes his old club will need at least four signings to be more competitive than last season.
United endured a miserable season that cost Ole Gunnar Solskajer his job and interim replacement in November Ralf Rangnick fared little better as the Red Devils finished with their lowest-ever Premier League score.
The advisory role that Rangnick was originally supposed to fill was dropped as new coach Erik ten Hag is trying to start the new regime with a clean slate.
United on Friday confirmed the departure of 11 first-team and fringe players, including the likes Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata.
Doubts remain about a significant number of players Ten Hag has inherited from his predecessors and the Dutchman has already identified Frenkie de Jong, whom he coached at Ajax, as a priority target.
United’s need for a midfield refresh is evident, but Neville insists it’s not the only position Ten Hag and the club’s board need to address.
“I think to be honest I don’t know which area needs full strengthening until we know which players the new manager likes,” Neville said on the club’s official website.
“We know the areas that they absolutely need to strengthen,” he added. “Central midfield is an absolute necessity. An absolute necessity. Manchester United need midfielders.
“They also need a centre-forward. I know Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to stay and he’s an absolutely brilliant player but they need a centre-forward. Center forward is mandatory.
“I think there has to be a wide player just to add strength to the squad and I think full-backs are absolutely crucial in the modern game. [There are] four full-backs there, it will be interesting to see which two, three or four of them are liked.
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