GARY Neville has criticised Manchester Unitedâ€™s transfer policy, branding the sale of Danny Welbeck as strange and accusing the club of lacking control.
Welbeck was sold to Arsenal for Â£16m on the final day of the summer window and Neville believes that this was too cheap and he also questioned why the striker had been allowed to strengthen a direct rival. For the former captain this completed a scattergun transfer policy that brought in Ãngel di MarÃa for a record Â£59.7m plus Radamel Falcao, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.
â€œItâ€™s not the way I would expect United to go about their business; I always expected it to be a lot more controlled,â€ Neville, an England coach, told TalkSport.
He said he was struggling to understand the Welbeck deal. â€œI thought the Danny Welbeck sale was a strange one. I canâ€™t work it out. After all the prices Iâ€™ve seen paid this summer and, obviously Iâ€™ve been working with him the last week, Iâ€™m thinking: â€˜How is it just Â£16m?â€™
â€œThereâ€™s been right-backs and left-backs galore who have been bought for Â£15m, Â£14m, Â£13m this summer. How have they got him for Â£16m? I canâ€™t work it out to this day. It really does feel strange that itâ€™s a centre-forward and actually itâ€™s helped out a competitor, someone who will be vying for those third and fourth places with United this season. Iâ€™m struggling to understand the logic behind the deal in two or three ways really.â€
Neville believes that United have not only undervalued Welbeck but overpaid for the players who have joined. He said he was excited, though, by the â€œworld-classâ€ arrivals, and in particular Falcao.
â€œThe fans were asking big questions a month ago and now the Falcao one just tipped them over the edge. Di MarÃa was a big signing but the Falcao one came completely out of left field and surprised and shocked everybody.
â€œHow they get Rooney, Di MarÃa, RVP [Van Persie], Falcao, Herrera, Januzaj and Mata into that team I donâ€™t know.
â€œIn one sense I am excited because they have signed world-class players. People jumped on the bandwagon last year and said they wouldnâ€™t attract players. But they have a massive commercial operation. They have overpaid, there is no doubt about that, but they have proven people will still go there.
â€œNow Louis van Gaal has to mould them into the team. He asked for three months but I doubt he expected to see whatâ€™s happened at the start of the season. Pre-season probably lulled him into a false sense of security. They have to get the performances right.â€
United have so far taken only two points from their opening three league matches and Van Gaal has yet to register a win since becoming manager with Queens Park Rangers visiting Old Trafford on Sunday. -The Guardian