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‘Ole needs to spend money’ Neville names Man United’s transfer needs

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer , Gary Neville, Manchester United
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The Manchester United legend outlined key areas Solskjaer must strengthen as summer reinforcements are inevitable.

Six wins and three draws in nine games, after the lockdown ended, secured Manchester United a respectable third-place finish in the Premier League and Champions League football for next season.

The Red Devils can still claim silverware for this term as well, with the Europa League to resume next month.

But Gary Neville believes there are still key areas for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to improve on if he’s to lead United back to their glory days.

The former United captain suggested a potential new partner for Harry Maguire in central defense may be advisable. A new goalkeeper, right-winger, left-back and forward wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

The question is how well can United support Solskjaer in the transfer market? There have been rumors that the club board will invest, but no exact figures have come to light yet.

“Solskjaer needs to spend money, but not recklessly,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“There needs to be a right-winger, there needs to be a challenge at center-forward, at left-back, definitely a goalkeeper and they need a center-back, a top center-back who can bring that level of domination to a defense like Virgil van Dijk does at Liverpool, like Vincent Kompany did when Manchester City were winning titles.

“I don’t think Harry Maguire hasn’t had a good season; I just think he needs a partner.

“That’s not being unfair on Victor Lindelof, who may need a partner as well. He and Maguire are both good defenders, but I think United need a center-back as well.

“You’ve got to be ruthless, the best managers in the world are ruthless.”

David de Gea’s situation has become a troubling one, meanwhile. The Spaniard has struggled for form over the last few seasons, leading to suggestions that Dean Henderson may replace him in goal for next season.

Neville added on De Gea: “I was nervous about him in his first year or two at Manchester United but then he did prove to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world for four or five years.

“In the last 18 months he’s been riddled with mistakes and only Solskjaer can make that decision over the goalkeeper.

“What I would say about that decision is that Solskjaer has to be decisive and ruthless with that decision, he’s got to think about himself and the club. If he thinks De Gea is going to return to the level he was at before, stick with him.

“He’s still got that decision in his hands, but he’s at least got through that until the end of the season. De Gea hasn’t put a foot wrong in the last two matches [against West Ham and Leicester].”