Neville uses Liverpool transfer business as stick to beat Man Utd

Date published: Sunday 2nd February 2020 5:16

Gary Neville Manchester United

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has used Liverpool’s success in the transfer market in criticism of his former club after United’s 0-0 draw with Wolves at Old Trafford.

Neville admitted that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be happy with “certain elements” of the performance but was quick to compare the Red Devils’ transfer activity to Liverpool and Manchester City

United signed Bruno Fernandes in the January transfer window, as well as Odion Ighalo – a decision Neville had already questioned.

“There will be certain aspects of the performance that he (Solskjaer) will be happy with such as their ability to control the counter,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“I think it comes down to risk. Risk could have brought more reward but potentially a Wolves goal. Ultimately it comes down to quality.

“You look at that front three in the first half, Anthony Martial, Daniel James and Juan Mata, that is well below the standard of the top class teams in Europe and this league.

“You look at Liverpool and Man City and others across Europe, they have spent money and they don’t have a front three like that.

“Manchester United’s gameplan (vs Wolves) was good. The issue was the quality at the top end of the pitch was not where it should have been.”

Asked why United have a quality problem despite the heavy outlay of money in recent windows, Neville pointed to the business that Liverpool have done and added: “The recruitment has not been good enough.

“You can go back to (Radamel) Falcao and (Angel) Di Maria and other players they have signed. The players they have signed in forward areas over the last six or seven years have not lit up this league.

“You saw at the end of the game, they brought on Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot and that tells you exactly where they are at.

“They have spent a fortune. It’s the second highest wage bill in Europe. You have to throw money at it wisely. I’m not quite sure who is in charge of recruitment over the last seven years.

“Who is behind the scenes spotting the players? Getting the likes of Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez in.

“You look at Liverpool with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane who were known, Roberto Firmino less so. These players have been available and other teams have taken those players.”

 

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