Neville opens up and rips into Manchester United over Alderweireld and Maguire
Gary Neville has claimed Manchester United got it wrong by not signing Toby Alderweireld or Harry Maguire in the summer transfer window.
United reportedly had a big transfer kitty to play with at the beginning of the transfer window and Jose Mourinho was ready to spend a big baulk of it on a new central defender, with Alderweireld and Maguire high up on his shopping list.
However, both Tottenham and Leicester City stuck a huge price tag on the pairs head and Mourinho did not get the backing from the board that he needed, as they felt paying £50 million for Alderweireld was not a good investment, while £75 million for Maguire was a crazy price.
And Neville has hit out at his former club, claiming United needed to buy a new defender.
He said on his Sky Sports podcast: “Whatever the club think about not wanting to invest further in centre-backs because they’ve already got five etc, doesn’t matter.
“The end result is still the same. You still need a new back four, you still need new centre-backs.
“It doesn’t matter if you think you’ve spent too much money in that area, you still have to make the decision that if Toby Alderweireld or Harry Maguire are available then you’ve just got to go and get them if you are Manchester United.
“If you’ve made mistakes previously in the recruitment, which the club no doubt has in the first three or four years after Alex Ferguson left, then you have to pay for it and make sure you don’t make the mistake again.”
Here is what we think.
Mourinho didn’t get the players he wanted during the transfer window and saw his closest rivals for the Premier League title all improve, so he is now trying to figure out what his best back four will be.
But if he added Alderweireld or Maguire to the squad, it still would have not changed the fact that United are lacking in world class players, and would have just had problems elsewhere on the pitch.