Gary Neville on the ‘three’ forwards Manchester United need to sign amid Rashford and Cavani uncertainty
The former Red Devils defender thinks the club needs to bolster attacking options in the summer, with uncertainty over some players’ future past the end of the season.
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Gary Neville has suggested Manchester United sign ‘two or three’ forwards this summer with uncertainty surrounding the future of Edinson Cavani and other members of the squad.
The Red Devils could lose Cavani at the end of the season due to his contract expiring, while other attacking options such as Marcus Rashford are out of form and Anthony Martial is on loan at Sevilla.
And Rashford has now been linked with a move away to Barcelona, according to reports in the MEN.
Neville thinks, due to these circumstances, United need to stop their ‘disappointing’ recruitment in order to sign suitable replacements, with special mention of the club failing to look at Luis Diaz, who joined Liverpool in January.
“It’s in no doubt Manchester United need a new manager, but they also need to look very hard above that,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“You’ve got some smart operators in the clubs that they’re up against.
“[Luis] Diaz was going to Tottenham, he’s then gone to Liverpool. There’s not even been a mention of him going to Manchester United.
“Manchester United are going to lose Cavani at the end of the season, probably going to lose [Paul] Pogba, they’ve lost [Mason] Greenwood, Rashford’s out of form, Martial’s gone to Sevilla and will probably go at the end of the season.
“They’re going to need two or three in those positions, and they weren’t even mentioned. You watch that lad [Diaz] in the Carabao Cup final, and I watched him on Saturday at Brighton, and I’m thinking ‘what a player he is’.
“Tough, aggressive, works hard, creates chances, his reaction when he gave the ball away is unbelievable, he sprints back.
“The recruitment, I have to say, has been disappointing for a long time. It’s been better in the last two or three years, I know some people will disagree with that.
“I don’t think anybody at the time thought they were bad signings when they signed Varane or Sancho or Cristiano Ronaldo. I think everybody thought they were good signings, and I agree, I thought they were good signings.”
The Red Devils didn’t sign any players during the January transfer window despite fans and pundits suggesting they needed to, especially with the aim of a top four finish in the Premier League.