Gary Neville has questioned his old side Manchester United’s transfer policy since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
Despite going through three managers and spending hundreds of millions of pounds in the intervening years, seven of the eleven players that started in Sunday’s 2-1 win against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns were at the club during Ferguson’s reign.
Speaking on Sky Sports after that game, Neville suggested that the managerial upheaval could be a factor in the lack of a cohesive transfer policy. Regardless, the former England defender feels that it isn’t good enough:
“If you look at that back five today then they were all there when Sir Alex Ferguson was at the club, they’ve signed eight defenders in the last four or five years and not one of them is in the team today.
“You’ve got Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young and De Gea and you obviously have Lingard and Rashford, who were also at the club as well, so seven out of that 11 were there five years ago.
“The recruitment has not been good enough in the previous five years. It’s been disjointed when David Moyes came in, then they flipped upwards towards Louis van Gaal and then backwards with Mourinho in terms of the profile of players.
“It hasn’t been good enough, the recruitment, it’s been all over the place and you can see still quite a lot of the players in that squad have been at the club for a long time.”
Man United have signed seven players since Jose Mourinho took charge in 2016. Of those signings, only Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku started last weekend, with Victor Lindelof and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba suspended, Eric Bailly injured and Henrikh Mkhitaryan currently frozen out.
In this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish Football Podcast, we chat to Waterford head coach ahead of his side’s return to the Premier Division, as well as discussing the latest League of Ireland transfer news.