Former Manchester United player Lee Sharpe believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs 300 million pounds to fix the team.
Poor decisions over the course of six years and three managers have left the club in tatters.
United sit 12th in the Premier League, on nine points out of a possible 24.
They are 15 points adrift of leaders Liverpool and five points out of a Champions League spot in fourth.
The deficit is not insurmountable.
However, their recent form gives little or no hope of them even putting together a run that would enable them to cose any gap.
They are in fact, closer to the relegation zone than they are to even a top-six place.
Speaking to Talksport, Sharpe feels that such is the task and the need for quality players so great, that a figure of around 300 million pounds is what it will take to complete the rebuild.
Solskjaer has already invested close to 150 million pounds already. But if there is another change of manager, that will likely be more wasted money.
Sharpe feels the problem is more than the manager.
“The last three managers and the last three ways of doing things have all not worked.”
“So I don’t think it is just the managers.”
“You’ve got to look at who is appointing the managers and who’s running the club from the top.”
“This is another way of doing it, with Ole and playing youngsters and getting lads through the academy and getting rid of players like [Romelu] Lukaku and [Alexis] Sanchez and [Ander] Herrera.”
“It is another avenue and they’ve got to trust what they are doing.”
“Otherwise it’s another change at Christmas and it all starts from the beginning again.”
Should Solskjaer survive until the January transfer window, he will surely be given more funds to bolster the ailing squad.
Sharpe feels it will take some serious cash to do so.
“I think you are looking at least £300million.”
“You need someone like a Harry Kane for £200m/£220m that is going to score you 25 goals a season and you’ve got a different outlook in the team.”
“So it is not going to be a cheap one.”
He feels that the club needs to focus on finding a new version of themselves.
Not trying to emulate the old versions of United or the new Manchester City and Liverpool models.
“It’s difficult to keep up with the likes of Man City and Liverpool when they’ve set such high standards.”
“You’ve got to stop comparing this team to Liverpool and City and great United teams of the past.”
“Give them the chance to grow and educate themselves and become potentially what they could be in a year or 18 months’ time.”
In the grander scheme of things, 300 million is a small investment if it brings United back to the top.
Since their poor run of form from back in February, over 900 million has been wiped off their NYSE valuation.