Chris Sutton believes that Manchester United will have to spend £1billion to compete with Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Last season, the Red Devils finished a whopping 32 points behind champions City, who finished just one point ahead of Champions League winners Liverpool in a dramatic title race.
And Jurgen Klopp’s side have raced to the top of the league this term, sitting five points ahead of City, while United have already fallen 10 points behind them after losing 2-0 to West Ham on Sunday.
Sutton wrote in his Daily Mail column: “How much would Manchester United have to spend to stand a chance of competing with Manchester City and Liverpool? I came to the conclusion it would take more than a billion pounds. Seriously.
“With Paul Pogba out injured, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded a midfield two of Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic at West Ham . I’m not sure that is even top-10 worthy. To compete for the big trophies you need big players and United don’t have those.
“What’s the solution to all this? I don’t think it is to sack Solskjaer. I’m not saying he is carrying it out well, but at least he has a plan. He is developing younger players, partly because he has no choice.
“Can United afford to spend more than half-a-billion pounds in a bid to become top-four competitors again? It didn’t work with Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. I’m not sure ripping up the manual and appointing a new manager is the answer.”
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