Manchester United must invest over £1billion to have any chance of challenging Liverpool and Man City at the top of the Premier League, according to Chris Sutton.
Writing in his Daily Mail column, Sutton, the former Chelsea and Celtic striker, says United fielded a midfield against West Ham not even worthy of the Premier League’s top ten.
Unsurprisingly, the Red Devils were beaten as Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell scored in a 2-0 victory for the Hammers.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s matchday choices are forced on him due to the lack of quality in Man United’s squad, and there are clearly serious issues considering the Red Devils ended Sunday’s defeat with Jesse Lingard, a midfielder who hasn’t scored since last December, playing up front.
United spent around £145million during the summer to strengthen Solskjaer’s squad, bringing in Daniel James, the winger, and defenders Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka – but Sutton believes that outlay is nowhere near enough to fix the Old Trafford club.
In fact, he says they’ll have to pass the £1bn mark just to compete with Man City and Liverpool!
Sutton writes: “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.”
“To compete for the big trophies you need big players and United don’t have those,” he continued.
“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.
“If you chopped off his head, what then? Bring in Massimiliano Allegri, who will take the club in a completely different direction and want to spend big?
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“Try to get Mauricio Pochettino who, like Allegri, would also want to see the cash splashed?
“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.”