Manchester United have spent £113million this summer to sign Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane – and Jamie Carragher is fed up of Gary Neville and Roy Keane’s recent claims
The Red Devils have spent £113million this summer to bring winger Jadon Sancho and centre-back Raphael Varane to Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer began his third full season as manager with a 5-1 thrashing of Leeds, but his side failed to follow this up as they were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Southampton on Sunday.
This led Neville to claim another marquee signing is required for his former side to be in the conversation for the title.
“I’m struggling to understand why United aren’t going that extra step in the transfer window,” the former right-back told Sky Sports .
“Sancho for £73million was last year’s money. United have always gone after the best English player in the Premier League historically.”
Neville’s comments echo those made by former Red Devils captain Keane, who said: “I still think what (Manchester) City have done and Chelsea with (Romelu) Lukaku, United still need one or two into the group to really challenge.”
But Carragher insists United cannot be one signing away from the title, as he believes the Premier League’s best managers would be winning the title with their current squad.
Hitting back at Neville on Monday Night Football, the Liverpool legend said: “It seems whenever I listen to Gary or Roy, Manchester United fans, the answer is always ‘go and spend £100million on someone’. That’s always the answer every time.
“You’re talking about Chelsea buying Lukaku, and all of a sudden on the back of yesterday it’s ‘Chelsea are going to win the league. It’s them or City’.
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“United finished above them (Chelsea) in the league last season. United have signed Jadon Sancho. I don’t get this feeling that United can’t compete.
“If Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola or even Thomas Tuchel had United’s squad, they could win the league. I really believe that.
“You’re comparing Liverpool and United, and yet there’s a similar trajectory. I think Ole has done a really good job, but why don’t we compare them to Man City and Chelsea?
“Liverpool didn’t have the revenue to compete for the league right away. There’s no way Thomas Tuchel would have gone into Chelsea thinking he’s got three years to win the title spending that sort of money.
“They’ve spent the money City have done, they’ve spent the money Chelsea have done. I don’t think United not winning the league or finishing fourth or fifth would be acceptable.
“That squad is £50million plus in every position.”