Gary Neville names just TWO good Man Utd signings since 2013 | Football


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Gary Neville reckons just two Manchester United signings since 2013 have performed well and proved to be good value, describing the club as a ‘graveyard for football players’.

The former Red Devils defender was reacting after a woeful start to the season under new manager Erik ten Hag, with defeats to Brighton and Brentford in the Premier League.

Clearly the problems run far deeper than just the performances in those two games, with Neville saying that the way the club has been run has turned it into somewhere top players will not want to play.

‘It’s become a graveyard for football players, this football club. Where players are considering whether they even come to the club. They can’t get players in,’ Neville told Sky Sports.

‘I have to say, where I got to the point on Saturday [after the 4-0 loss at Brentford] on moving away from the players, when a school is underperforming, getting poor results regularly over a period of time, they get put in special measures by government.

‘The kids don’t get blamed. That’s where Manchester Untied are, it’s special measures and you can’t blame the kids anymore.’

Neville feels recruitment is clearly a problem under the ownership of the Glazer family, and he looked back on the signings the club has made over the last decade with his Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carragher.

The former England defenders separated all the major signings into good, okay and bad, with only two players making it into the best category: Bruno Fernandes and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Neville and Carragher rate Manchester United’s signings since summer 2013 (Picture: Sky Sports)

‘It’s been one of the problems that Manchester United have had for 10 years. They’ve flip-flopped between managers and allowed managers to influence overall recruitment, that’s been a massive issue,’ said Neville.

‘We looked at the last 10 years of major signings at the club, £1.25bn has been spent.

‘We think there’s only two signings at this moment of time that you could say have performed well and have been good value. Bruno Fernandes and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.’


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