Gary Neville has revealed that Raphael Varane would be his dream signing for Manchester United this summer and that the club need to prioritise bringing in a new defender, striker and ring winger once the window reopens.
The United legend believes shoring up Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backline should be the club’s main focus and with Varane already in the final 18 months of his contract at Real Madrid, would be his top summer target.
Neville made the suggestion in a wide-ranging Q&A on his Twitter page on Friday morning, where he invited his 4.4million followers to pick his brains on anything including football.
Gary Neville has urged Manchester United to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane
The United legend insists the club’s main priority this summer should be on improving defence
The footballer-turned-TV pundit was asked which one player he would sign from United’s rivals if he had the chance, to which he simply responded ‘Varane’.
Varane, a four-time Champions League and World Cup winner, has previously been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months given that the Spanish giants could be ready to cash-in on the defender to raise funds for Kylian Mbappe.
Along with a defender, Neville insists United need another striker and right winger in order to make sure Solskjaer can challenge on all fronts next season, with Edinson Cavani destined for the exit after just one season in England.
Neville made the suggestions to sign Varane during a Q&A on his Twitter page on Friday
As it stands, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial are United’s main attackers up front, with the three able to play in a hybrid role whenever needed.
However, Neville believes attacking reinforcements are needed – but would still prioritise a move for Varane over Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland.
And it wasn’t just future signings that were on the agenda for Neville on Friday.
The 46-year-old admitted he is ‘baffled’ by Donny van de Beek’s peripheral role since he arrived at the club last summer.
Neville also admitted that he is ‘baffled’ by the way Donny van de Beek has been used at United
Neville insists the Dutchman must be ‘really low’ since making his £40million move last year
The Dutchman has been reduced to cameo roles from the bench since completing his £40m move from Ajax last summer and has severely struggled to break into Solskjaer’s team.
Neville said: ‘I’m baffled by what’s happening with him. He must be really low.’
Neville was also critical of the way United have approached games in recent weeks and demanded for a ‘higher tempo’ in order to break low-block teams down.
He pointed out how Rashford and Co were ruthless for the first goal against Granada and demanded more forward-thinking from the get go.
When asked on how they can improve, Neville said: ‘Sometimes they pass it too slowly across the pitch and don’t play forward.
Neville was also critical of how United have approached games in recent weeks
‘Last night perfect case and then as soon as Lindelof plays a forward pass / Rashford run we score. Play higher tempo and into strikers in first part of games.’
Solskjaer’s goalkeeping conundrum was also another topic Neville addressed during his Q&A thread on Friday.
When asked who he preferred out of David de Gea and Dean Henderson, Neville responded: ‘Both have questions to answer for different reasons. Can DG get back to his level and can Henderson get to the level DG was at. Henderson deserves the last league games to test him.’