Gary Neville has lashed out at Manchester United’s transfer tactics and urged them to move on quickly from the Jadon Sancho transfer saga histrionics.
Although United have signed Ajax midfielder Donny Van De Beek this summer in a 39 million euros (£34.1million) deal that could rise to 44 million euros (£38.5million)m former United captain Neville believes that has not been enough this summer ahead of the Premier League that kicks off this weekend, and says the Red Devils have been left trailing behind Chelsea and Manchester City in the recruitment stakes.
Despite United’s season having only ended three weeks ago with a Europa League defeat to Seville, nevertheless Neville is of the opinion that:
“Like everyone else they had three months off because of coronavirus, so I don’t think it should be the case they didn’t have the resource or time to get things done.
“Chelsea got their business done, City have got three or four pieces done. I don’t think timing’s the issue.
“It’s just a thing with United that every time they go for a player in the last four, five, six years it feels they are a little bit desperate.
“They think they can hang on but they always pay it (the asking fee) in the end.
“That’s sometimes where I think you can take control, give a hard deadline and say ‘we’re moving away from this deal’.
The former United skipper’s bone of contention centers around the possible arrival of Borussia Dortmund star Sancho that has been dominating transfer talk at Old Trafford this summer.
United want to make the England winger their marquee signing, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to add Sancho to fellow forwards Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.
But Dortmund have been rigidly holding out for a fee in the region of 120 million euros (£108million) while repeatedly insisting that the 20-year-old former Manchester City player is happy to stay in Germany.
“That’s been the frustration with Sancho,” Neville said during a TalkTalk media session.
“The fact that it’s dragged on. Just say to Dortmund ‘leave him there’ and go get another player.
“There are plenty of players around, there can’t be just one player you’re chasing.
“It is frustrating but I do think United have been better in these last couple of seasons, more careful and not making mistakes either.
“If you can’t get a deal done (for Sancho) you have to move on. You certainly have to give hard deadlines on players.”
Credit: Football Tribe Malaysia