Gary Neville says that it is more important for a team to “emerge out of” Manchester United’s current squad instead of simply signing more players.
United are third in the Premier League, out of the Carabao Cup, in the FA Cup quarter-finals and must beat Sevilla in their Champions League last-16 second leg to make the final eight.
The results have been far from poor, but performances under Jose Mourinho have been called into question in recent weeks.
Many suggest that more new signings would help remedy any issues with style, but Neville believes the existing squad – defence aside – should be “stepping up”.
“Saying to buy is the easy thing. I think the defence needs strengthening but the main thing is that a team starts to emerge out of the players that they have already got,” Neville told the Manchester Evening News.
“They have the bulk of the squad that should be challenging for the Premier League but they need to merge in to a team and that’s Jose Mourinho’s job.
“What he has to do from now until the end of the season is get these players who as individuals are so talented to get them in to a team.
“It’s not really about individuals stepping up, it’s about them all stepping up.
“I want to see which combination can play as a front three, which combination as a No 10 and a striker can play together.
“They’ve got Pogba, Lukaku, Martial, Rashford, Sanchez, Mata – wow what an immense amount of talent to call upon.
“But the issue is, how do they combine together as a first XI where they can become a strong unit?”