Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes the club will need to shrewdly invest in the transfer market if we are to challenge for the Premier League title.
The Red devils secured third spot on the final day to secure a Champions League place.
Bruno Fernandes’ penalty and Jesse Lingard’s finish at the death ensured we finished third.
But Neville believes the squad still needs a significant upgrade before it could be capable of competing against champions Liverpool and local rivals Manchester City.
“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,” Neville said.
“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.”
“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.”
Former Unite captain Roy Keane aldo agreed with Neville on the need to strengthen the side.
“I think they need another centre-half, certainly one or two defenders. Gary made a point that when you’re at a big club like United you want options all over the park.
“I think they’ll probably need another striker. We talk about Greenwood coming through but he’s still a young player finding his way.”