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The pundit has additionally questioned United’s pursuit of Eredivisie gamers (Photos: Getty / Sky Sports...
Gary Neville sends message to 'panicking' Manchester United board over Frenkie de Jong transfer
The pundit has additionally questioned United’s pursuit of Eredivisie gamers (Photos: Getty / Sky Sports activities)

Manchester United legend Gary Neville says the membership’s board can’t be glad with solely including Frenkie de Jong to their ranks earlier than the switch window closes.

The Crimson Devils opened their new Premier League marketing campaign – the primary of Erik ten Hag’s reign in cost – with a 2-1 defeat at residence to Brighton on Sunday.

Christian Eriksen was deployed with little success as a false 9 because of the injured Anthony Martial’s absence, whereas wantaway Cristiano Ronaldo was not deemed match sufficient to start out.

United are brief on choices up prime – although have been linked, reasonably surprisingly, with a transfer for Marko Arnautovic – whereas their summer-long pursuit of Barcelona midfielder De Jong stays at an deadlock.

Even when United’s hierarchy do handle to persuade De Jong to go away Barcelona, Neville feels the summer time window merely has not been adequate given the size of the rebuild required and believes extra additions are wanted.

Talking on Sky Sports activities after the Brighton loss, Neville defined: ‘There would appear to be this sense that if Manchester United get Frenkie de Jong it’s going to have been a profitable window, however no.

‘They wanted much more than simply Frenkie de Jong. They may not get Frenkie de Jong, hopefully they do as a result of clearly he’s an vital participant to the coach.

Gary Neville sends message to 'panicking' Manchester United board over Frenkie de Jong transfer
De Jong shouldn’t be eager on swapping Barcelona for Manchester (Image: Getty)

‘However then that may really feel like, “Oh they’ve spent £70m or £65m, that’s a superb window”. No, they wanted greater than that.

‘There will probably be a little bit of panic. They shouldn’t do, however there’ll that little little bit of panic as a result of the stress will probably be large from the followers, from the media.’

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All three of United’s new additions performed towards Brighton – Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez began whereas Tyrell Malacia got here off the bench late on – however interim boss Ralf Rangnick beforehand steered the membership wanted as many as 10 new additions to overtake their squad.

Neville feels United’s hierarchy haven’t accomplished sufficient to replenish and elevate the squad this summer time, whereas he is worried by Ten Hag’s reliance on gamers from the Eredivisie; Malacia and Martinez each got here straight from the Netherlands, whereas Eriksen and De Jong beforehand performed for Ajax.

He defined: ‘You’ve obtained to be involved about each factor of the recruitment. Their reliance on the Dutch league means the recruitment of the 50 or 60 individuals they’ve obtained working in that division shouldn’t be being trusted by the supervisor as a result of he desires these gamers he is aware of from Holland.

‘Holland has not at all times been probably the most exact marketplace for the Premier League. There have been good gamers which have come from Holland however it’s not the market that has the most important hit price so I’m involved about that.

‘However usually there’s a little bit of despair simply at the truth that the coach – who’s an impressive coach – has not been given the instruments that he wants at the beginning of the season so he can begin with a brand new, revitalised squad.’

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