How Manchester United could line up with Gary Neville transfer wish – Manchester Evening News

Manchester United have a huge task on their hands as they look to strengthen their side in the January transfer window.

After a dire start to the season United’s hopes of a top-four finish already look to be tarnished, with their weekend draw against Sheffield United epitomising everything wrong with the current squad.

United’s defensive structure was shambolic, while their midfield was nonexistent as the Premier League newcomers bullied Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

A late attacking salvo highlighted the fine counter-attacking ability within the first-team, but this is still a side which needs further investment if they are to return to the Champions League, never mind challenge for the title.

Speaking after the game United legend Gary Neville highlighted the need for investment by suggesting as many as six new players were needed in the team.

“The midfield just doesn’t have good enough quality. They need a striker, they need two midfield players, they need a left-back – they need five or six signings,” he told Sky Sports.

United will be looking to continue their rebuild once the transfer market opens next year, and we have taken a look at the squad which could be assembled if Neville gets his wish.

The first area for improvement must come in defence with a new left back needed to compliment the other investment in the back line.

Luke Shaw has been unfairly hampered by injury, but has still struggled to find consistency when fit even towards the tail end of last season. Brandon Williams has been a solid replacement as of late, but the quality of Ben Chilwell would be a clear improvement on both options at the club.

In a dream scenario Paul Pogba will form a key role in United’s midfield long-term, but for the sake of this argument he has been excluded.

Scott McTominay could be partnered by John McGinn in the centre of midfield with Declan Rice’s poor form for West Ham perhaps favouring the Aston Villa midfielder. The idea of having an entirely Scottish midfield pairing might not excite fans, but it would surely be an improvement on the one which was embarrassed at Bramall Lane.

James Maddison seems like the dream signing for most fans in the attacking midfield role, with Jack Grealish another option to consider if he can maintain his encouraging run of top-flight form.

Daniel James and Marcus Rashford should still keep their places up front beyond the end of the next season, with Erling Haaland or Timo Werner a welcome attacking alternative through the middle.

Potential United XI with Neville’s signings

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