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Neville explains what Shaw comments on Man United transfer activity mean

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Gary Neville believes the Manchester United players want new signings just as much as the club’s supporters do.

Donny van de Beek is the only confirmed arrival at Old Trafford this summer, although Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles are set to be officially unveiled as United players on Monday.

United’s board has been heavily criticised by fans for their inability to bring Jadon Sancho to Manchester. United identified Sancho as their No.1 target some time ago but refused to pay Dortmund’s asking price for the player and he looks certain to stay in Germany.

Speaking after United’s loss to Crystal Palace last month, Luke Shaw called on the club to make more signings, and Neville believes the 25-year-old’s comments show how desperate the current squad is for fresh faces.

Shaw told TV2: “As I said, we have a very good group, but personally I think we need more players to strengthen the squad.

“It can give us a boost. When you look around at how other teams are strengthening their teams, then we must also do it to keep up with the others.”

Speaking to Martin Tyler on The Gary Neville Podcast, the former United defender said: “Martin, there is no doubt if you’re a Manchester United player wearing that shirt today (Sunday) who has played, you’ve just got to hold your hands up and say, ‘that is nowhere near good enough – it’s pathetic’.

“I read that Luke Shaw quote about the need for players to come into the club and they’re not immune to social media and the news.

“They’ve seen every other club strengthen and they’re probably thinking, well, we’ve got as much out of this squad as we possibly can.

“Ole is never going to break rank, he’s never going to go rogue, and to be fair, Luke Shaw’s comments, to me, gives an inkling into, because we know Luke Shaw, he’s not a rogue player or someone who does a lot of media.

“For him to say that, it gives you a sense of what the players want. I remember Wayne Rooney famously saying, ‘Who are your signings?’ to Alex Ferguson, it didn’t go down particularly well.

“I remember Roy Keane saying after a game in Bayern Munich that they need more players because these are players that have eased off.

“So there have been moments in the recent history of the club where the players in the dressing room want the signings as much as the fans, where they demand it because they want better.”

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