Gary Neville offers stark warning to Man Utd

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Lots of head scratching for Man Utd after Swansea defeat
Lots of head scratching for Man Utd after Swansea defeat

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has suggested his former club's season will unravel unless they made some big money signings in the final few hours of the transfer window.

Neville looked on as United crashed to their first Premier League defeat of the season following a 2-1 loss at Swansea, with the Sky Sports pundit pulling few punches as he gave his views on their current squad.

With first choice keeper David De Gea not playing as he pushes for a move to Real Madrid and United looking blunt in the attacking third, Neville offered up this stinging critique ahead of Tuesday's 6pm transfer deadline.

"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. I'd be absolutely staggered if there wasn't a striker brought in. It has to happen.

"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," Neville said from the Sky Sports studio at the Liberty Stadium.

"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.

"Manchester United have had incredible experience over the last 25 years. They've had Van der Sar, Schmeichel and, when they've not been able to fix that position down, it's caused problems. 

"Centre-forward, goalkeeper – both ends of the pitch. If [Javier] Hernandez leaves, they've got one striker. I'm not classing 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."

United boss Louis van Gaal insisted he did not did know what the future holds for De Gea before the Spanish transfer window closes at midnight on Monday as he insisted he would not get involved in transfer business being conducted by United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

"We have to wait and see but I don't want to interfere," he said. "As a manager we have divided our tasks and the task is for Ed Woodward and not for me."

On the defeat, van Gaal added: "There is a lot of frustration but more disappointment.

"We were the dominant team for 85 minutes but we lost it in five minutes. In five minutes Swansea changed their shape and scored two goals.

"It is a big lesson for us and we have to adapt much more quickly than we have done."

Meanwhile, an image of Van Gaal leaving Swansea's ground has gone vital on Twitter. The United boss does not look happy!