Gary Neville thinks Manchester United will have to spend more to land the best players now they aren’t challenging for the Premier League title.
United’s hopes of a top-four Premier League finish are out of their hands following their 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday.
The Red Devils are three points off fourth-placed Chelsea with only two matches to play.
And Neville reckons United will have to spend big again to get anywhere near the top of the Premier League next season.
“I think when players are choosing their clubs they obviously want the team to be competitive, wanting to win trophies and to be in the Champions League,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer it will be a really big ask from where they are now to winning the Premier League. So if you were choosing between two clubs on a like for like salary basis you might choose other clubs.
“What I think will happen is United are a rich club and have a huge amount of revenue and it will just cost them more.
“They will get players as it is still a huge attraction for players to come and play for a huge club, an amazing club, and it just means it will cost them more to get the players they want.
“That’s where you don’t want to be; you want to be in control.
“For 20 years this club had this perfect situation where they were strong enough to lose players knowing they wouldn’t upset the rest of the squad and cause disruption, but they are not in that position anymore.”