Gary Neville slams Manchester United’s ‘desperate’ transfer business

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has slammed his former club’s transfer business and says some of the signings made in the past few years have ‘smacked of desperation’.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks dejected during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The Red Devils have spent over £500million in the transfer market since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.

Jose Mourinho’s side have won just one trophy in that time and the 53-year-old spent £150m in his first summer at the club after replacing Louis van Gaal.

United have broke their transfer record three times in the last three years and Neville has blasted some of the signings made.

‘The best United teams have pace, they counter-attack, they are dynamic,’ said Neville.

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‘Louis van Gaal felt like a departure from that. Jose Mourinho I think has been trying to correct a situation where there have been signings that have smacked of desperation of time.

‘I do think they [Mourinho’s signings] are players that traditionally fit the Manchester United profile.

‘Players like Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly are physical signings. Louis van Gaal liked to sign possession-based and technical players.’

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