Cape Town - Manchester United need "four or five
transfer windows" to get their squad to the level where they challenge for
the EPL title, according to Gary Neville.
The Red Devils brought in Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka
and Harry Maguire during the summer transfer window as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
looked to reduce the age of the squad with young, hungry players.
It has been a mixed start to the new Premier League season
for United with a 4-0 win over Chelsea, a 1-1 draw at Wolves and a surprise 2-1
loss at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
And Neville thinks United will have to be patient as they
look to get back to Liverpool and Manchester City's level.
"I think United are going to have moments like that in
this period, there is going to be pain and there are going to be defeats that
you can't quite explain," the former England defender said on the Gary
"Beating Chelsea emphatically on the first day, playing
well at Wolves and could've won the game. Then, all of a sudden, you're up
against Crystal Palace and you lose at home - it's quite mystifying.
"They're the type of results you get when you're trying
to develop and change and transition out of one culture to another. All Man Utd
have to do is remain patient and stick to what they're doing."
Neville added: "The most important thing about the
transfer window for United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is that they don't make
mistakes, not that they do loads of business, but it's about making sure they
have the right type of players.
"It may seem like too far into the distance but I would
suggest four or five transfer windows to get things absolutely right and get
back to the type of squad he would want to challenge these Liverpool and Man
"I've said before, he's got to be ready, not at the end
of this season, not next season, but the one after, to challenge for the
Premier League title.
"Potentially when Pep Guardiola has left Man City, or
Liverpool have had another round of recruitment and another set of players
in... Ole has got to be ready to pounce.
"It's a long-term thing, there's not going to be a
quick fix or magic wand from any manager. United have tried David Moyes,
they've tried Louis van Gaal, they've tried Jose Mourinho, all proven and Ole
Gunnar Solskjaer is going down the long road, not the quick path.
"There's no shortcut, there never is, and for me, it's
now about making it through these difficult moments, like losing to Crystal
Palace and you feel like the world is going to fall in but people must remain
"I want to see the nonsense go, the speculation that
players want to go, I want to see the disciplinary issues or the little
tit-for-tat stuff over the last two or three years where there have been
fall-outs, I want to see that go and the leaks. I want to see a team building