Gary Neville says Manchester United need a significant flurry in the transfer market this summer if they are to peg back Liverpool and Manchester City.
United capped off a progressive season with a 2-0 win at Leicester which propelled them to a third-place finish and one which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was “delighted” with.
Bruno Fernandes’ penalty and Jesse Lingard’s late tap-in saw off their top-four rivals. It means Solskjaer’s men will compete in the Champions League next season, which was their target set last summer.
But the former United right-back still believes the squad needs upgrading before they can even start to think about the clawing back the 33 points on champions Liverpool.
Neville said on Sky Sports: “They (United’s starting XI) were absolutely done in with 20 minutes to go and that just demonstrates that they need more players in the squad.
“The last time United finished in the top three they spent £170million under Jose Mourinho that summer and obviously didn’t invest it as wisely as they have this last year.
“I think United need to invest that money again but do it correctly this time to get anywhere need Liverpool and City. That squad needs improving, that team needs improving.”
Solskjaer’s starting line-up on Sunday was as strong as United possess, but they did use the likes of Lingard, Scott McTominay, Odion Ighalo and Timothy Fosu-Mensah from the bench.
Brandon Williams and Victor Lindelof started in a back four alongside two of last summer’s signings Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Neville believes United need another successful summer of recruitment and hinted that some of the players that faced Leicester are more squad players than first-team starters.
He added: “They need to improve the first XI, first and foremost. That’s not to the detriment of any of the players that have played today.
“There are players who were out there who are good enough to be part of the squad that can still compete if you’re going to play 55, 60 games in a season.
“It’s about making sure you get players in that want to play for the right club, who are coming for the right reasons.”