Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has warned Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward, who oversees the club’s operations, that the underperforming team will require at least £700 million in capital investment and a minimum of seven top signings to salvage any hope of winning the Barclay’s Premier League again.
In a conversation with his The Debate co-host Jamie O’Hara, Merson rationalised the staggering transfer budget by saying, “Manchester United are a million miles off the pace [of winning the premier league].”
He explained further that the Reds face an uphill task to break into the top four teams, especially since they are struggling at the moment to hold onto a top-six ranking.
United’s prospects have taken a hit as key player Paul Pogba is currently nursing an injury and starting striker Anthony Martial has just returned.
Manchester United currently sit at seventh after going down 1-0 to Newcastle, continuing their poor run of form in away matches. They are tied on 13 points with Bournemouth, Sheffield United and West Ham.
Disappointment with United’s form has been echoed in a recent post-match interview. Following his team’s loss to Newcastle, United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apologised to the fans and reinforced that the squad was in danger of not making the Europa League next season with the current roster and form of his players.
With the January transfer window fast approaching, there is speculation that the United’s owners, and Woodward, will be looking to make an unprecedented injection of talent in all areas of the pitch. It is alleged they have weighed adding Napoli centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly, Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, and out-of-favour Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic to the set-up at Old Trafford.
The Daily Mail has estimated that it could cost United £4.5 million to have Mandzukic don the red jersey.