Manchester United legend Scholes tells Solskjaer he needs to spend £200 million this summer
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he will need to spend close to £200 million to rebuild the Red Devils side this summer.
United made the shock decision to hand Solskjaer the job after Jose Mourinho failed to take the club to that next level, and despite some poor results over the past few weeks, the former United favourite has done a decent job as boss with the squad he currently has.
Manchester United are currently fifth in the Premier League – two points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea – and Scholes says his former team-mate ‘has a really big job on his hands’.
‘I don’t think we’re particularly close [to a title challenge] at the minute,’ the club legend told BT Sport. ‘I think you’re looking at what, a third or fourth manager?
‘And it feels like you almost need a full rebuild again – a lot of people are expecting United, and I think probably Ole himself, are expecting United to challenge for the league next year.
‘At this minute I just can’t see it. I know Liverpool have been challenging this year but they were showing signs from the season before and the season before that.
‘They were looking like a team who could challenge for the Premier League and they’ve proven that they will do that.
‘With United there’s nothing telling me, with what I’m seeing, they are going to be challenging for the league next year. ‘Give Ole a summer transfer window and he’s going to have to improve this team massively.
‘Not just by new players, but with some of the players that he’s got – and he’s got a really big job on his hands.’
United have looked a bit inconsistent over the past few weeks to suggest that they will have the ability to keep up with Manchester City or Liverpool next season, and Scholes is right, they will need to invest heavily if they want to get back to the top of the game.
David De Gea is the only world class player at the club, and that is saying something considering United are one of the biggest teams in world football. So they may need to spend even more than £200 million to get those big named signings that will make a difference to the squad.