Ex-Manchester United team captain and club legend Gary Neville has spoken out about Louis van Gaal’s stance of not needing to sign a new striker.
Neville did the post-match review of the Swansea v Manchester United game, on Sky Sports, and believes that not only do United need to acquire a striker, but they’ll also need a top goalkeeper, should De Gea depart for Los Blancos.
The former right-back spoke following the Red Devil’s giving up a 1-0 lead, to losing 2-1. Gary Neville stated:
“They won’t just wake up and think, ‘Oh, we’ve lost a game, we’re going to panic and sign four players’ – they’ve probably always wanted to bring in players – but watching them, they need players,”
“They need to sort the goalkeeping situation out. That is a big problem. If De Gea leaves and they don’t get another goalkeeper in. Centre-forward, goalkeeper – both ends of the pitch. If [Javier] Hernandez leaves, they’ve got one striker. I’m not classing [Marouane] Fellaini as a striker. They’ve got one striker in Wayne Rooney.”
“They’ve got the goalkeeper [Sergio] Romero and I said before the game the jury’s out, I think today it’s even more out. From Manchester United’s point of view, they have to resolve the centre-forward and the goalkeeper [situation] in the next two days.”
“Hopefully it means they keep De Gea and they sign a striker. But I’d be absolutely staggered if there wasn’t a striker brought in. It has to happen.”
It seems that everyone, but the manager, sees that United need a striker, especially now that Javier Hernández is on his way to Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Hopefully he’s just keeping his cards to himself, and that deadline day will see a new star take to the Red.