Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit has said Manchester United must make "three top-class signings" in the next transfer window if they are to retain their status as English champions.

Many of United's fans will agree with the ex-Blues boss, as it has become obvious that the team is paying the price for making too few changes in their dressing room following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

According to, Gullit said, "I can fully understand that new boss David Moyes has now asked the board to sanction the purchase of three top-class footballers in the winter to keep the team competing at the highest level in England and in Europe.

"I have reason to believe that funds are being made available at United. And they should because it is a necessity. And when they do buy those three stars it will be easier to let Wayne Rooney follow his heart if he wants to leave."

Gullit went on to add: "They kept basically the same team and squad in the summer, which is why they are inconsistent in the Premier League. The club is also struggling to get going without Sir Alex Ferguson. They are missing his presence and his personality.

"There is no longer the man who shakes up the place internally, and who has the guts to dish things out to the FA, to referees or other authorities. Ferguson always got away with his strong voice. In fact, he always came out stronger, as they would all take notice of what he said.

"David Moyes does not have that status yet and you can't expect him to take on that role overnight."

So far, the signing of Marouane Fellaini has been the one that's saved David Moyes' summer. But the new boss seemed to have his eyes on unrealistic targets such as Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara for majority of the summer.

Perhaps the January transfer window will be different for United. If funds are indeed being made available, it'll be interesting to see which signings Moyes makes in order to get his team back on track. 

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