Neville: "It's a two-year job to make this team one who can win the title"
Last updated on: 19/04/19 12:56
With a big summer of change predicted at Manchester United, Gary Neville continued Monday night football – wonders if the club has the right people in its recruiting team to help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer get the deal done so that the club can challenge the Premier League title.
What does Ole need in summer?
He needs big money, unless he can redeem someone worth a lot of money – David de Gea and Paul Pogba, who is allegedly courted by Real Madrid.
The two people I'm worried about are De Gea and Marcus Rashford. There are discussions that they will not sign a new deal, but I think Rashford will sign, there's no doubt about that.
You have to raise money. It's not as bad as anyone understands.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's job is to train the team. He identifies which players he wants and the club gets the maximum value for the players who go out, and they bring in the right players.
It's a grassroots war out there: agents, recruiting people, counselors and clubs like Real Madrid want to rebuild and invest heavily. Getting four or five players you want and getting the four or five you want is a big, big job.
My concern is for Ole: who will do that for him?
"Some abyss in terms of recruitment"
This person may already be there, but as far as the recruiting side is concerned, that's a bit of an abyss.
I do not know who in the club can do the work required to get Manchester United into the championship area. It's a two-year job to make this team one who can win the title. I do not think they'll grab anyone they want, and I do not think they'll get them out – it'll take two years and a lot of patience.
The sound of Manchester United is that they will return to their principles by obliging the players who are about to do their best. Those who have the ability to be the best in the world. That's the right approach.
What the club has done in recent years, must first be cleared up. Something must be deselected – this is Ole's main task. If the club returns to the days of tempo, power, and counter-attack, it will have to adjust the current squad, but it will take some time and effort from someone qualified to do so.
Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are interesting. They are great professionals, but it would not be the end of the world if both went. On the other hand, he would be a loss at Herrera.
Juan Mata and Ander Herrera have no contracts this summer. Herrera has agreed to the conditions for joining Paris Saint-Germain, and Mata is talking about moving to Barcelona, according to Sky Sports News.
If you have four or five central midfielders, you do not have to be all A1 – you need players who can get in and do a good job. Herrera does a good job and, like Juan Mata, was a great servant of the club. That would be a loss in a sense, but I do not think it's the end of the world if they move on.
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