Danny Higginbotham has urged Manchester United to secure the services of a director of football to help the rebuilding process at the club.
The Red Devils were given a reality check in the Champions League this week, as they were dispatched 3-0 by a Messi- led Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
The gulf in class gave reasons for concern which led manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to concede United needs to rebuild in order to reclaim their status as one of Europe’s elite.
Sky Sports News understands the club are set for a massive overhaul this summer with as many as six established players possibly leaving Old Trafford.
“This summer becomes huge but there has been an unbelievable knee-jerk reaction to United,” former United defender Higginbotham told Match Centre.
“If they have a great performance and win [people say] ‘oh they are back’. If they get beat ‘oh this is going to take years and years’ to turn around. There is no middle ground.
“Solskjaer came in and got the team back on track. He got some unbelievable results – particularly away from home.
“But that does not detract away from the fact that, in my opinion, Liverpool and Manchester City well ahead of Manchester United at the moment.”
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United will face another stern test in their pursuit for a top-four place when they face Everton on Sunday before welcoming noisy neighbours Man City to Old Trafford.