Gary Neville warns Manchester United over spending spree

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has warned Red Devils fans expecting a whole host of summer signings that throwing money at the side is no guarantee of success, while rejecting the notion that David Moyes has not spent money during his short tenure at the helm.

United suffered their second successive 3-0 home defeat in the Premier League at hands of Manchester City last night, humbled by their noisy neighbours as any hope of building on back-to-back wins in all competitions were quickly quashed.

Moyes is under increasing pressure to turn the tide by implementing a wholesale squad overhaul this summer, but Neville believes that United fans need to look deeper at problems which an £80m spend across the last two transfer windows have not managed to solve.

Juan Mata, Marouane Fellaini and Wilfried Zaha have all been added to United's ranks either last summer or in the January transfer window, at a cost of £37.1m, £27.5m and £15m respectively, sums which Neville believes must be taken into account as Moyes plans a long-term transfer strategy.

During his analysis of United's latest loss for Sky Sports last night Neville said: "You've got to know what's wrong with the soup before throwing in more ingredients to make it better.

"At the moment I'm not quite sure where you'd start. The defence doesn't push up the pitch, midfield you need pressure and drive and they haven't got that, there's no risk takers.

"The passing is slow at times, Ryan Giggs is the first midfield player I've seen play a forward pass last week in the Olympiakos game.

"Up front David Moyes has got some work to do in working out positions [in attack] over the next few months.

"The idea that United need to spend a load of money, fair enough they've got money but they've spent £80m already on Zaha, Mata and Fellaini in this last eight, nine months.

"City have spent £100m and people in this area will say they've spent a load of money, United have as well already. They've got to get the recruitment right in the summer."

Before Moyes or United fans can get excited about a summer spending spree there is an immediate job to do on the pitch, particularly with a Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich looming large next month.

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