Gary Neville has criticised Manchester United’s recruitment policy, highlighting that seven of the 11 starters on West Brom on Sunday remain from Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign.
Ferguson retired in 2013, since when David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have spent in excess of £600million on recruitment.
But many of their big signings, including Angel Di Maria, Memphis Depay, Radamel Falcao, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin have flopped, and Neville has hit out at the club’s “disjointed” approach.
“If you look at that back five today then they were all there when Sir Alex Ferguson was at the club,” said Neville on Sky Sports before United’s 2-1 win at West Brom.
“They’ve signed eight defenders in the last four or five years and not one of them is in the team today.
“You’ve got Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young and David de Gea and you obviously have Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, who were also at the club as well, so seven out of that 11 were there five years ago.
“The recruitment has not been good enough in the previous five years. It’s been disjointed with David Moyes coming in, then they flipped upwards towards Louis van Gaal and then backwards with Mourinho in terms of the profile of players.
“It hasn’t been good enough, the recruitment, it’s been all over the place and you can see still quite a lot of the players in that squad have been at the club for a long time.”
Neville later followed up his point on Twitter.
Scary and sobering point to have to make considering 660m has been spent since he left ! https://t.co/uMGcXPOFCA
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) December 17, 2017