Manchester United must spend £200m in the summer transfer market and get rid of 11 or 12 players in order to become a competitive force again, according to former midfielder-turned-pundit Robbie Savage.
The ex-Wales international, who was part of the Red Devils’ famous Class of ’92, described the forthcoming transfer window as the “most important” in the club’s history.
"Two seasons out of the Champions League would be ridiculous so it's vital the new manager is given money - and I'm not talking about just a few million,” Savage told BBC Sport. “United are at a pivotal moment in terms of their future and the owners need to spend between £150m and £200m.”
Manchester United are currently searching for a new manager after sacking David Moyes, who lasted less than a year in the job, on Tuesday morning. And Savage believes the Scot’s successor - whether it’s Louis van Gaal or someone else - must clear the dead wood from the Red Devils’ current squad.
"Whoever is appointed faces a rebuilding job. And a major one at that. United need to get rid of 11 or 12 players as too many have under-performed,” he continued. “Those who should be questioning themselves this season include Ashley Young, Tom Cleverley, Alexander Buttner, Chris Smalling, Marouane Fellaini, Anderson and Nani.
"I don't think any one of them would say they have performed consistently well this season."
The reigning Premier League champions have appointed Ryan Giggs as interim manager until the end of the season, but Savage agrees that United need a coach with more experience in place for the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
He added: “Giggs, in my opinion, can be a successful manager in the future. But going forward it's such a huge transfer window for United that they need an experienced man at the helm.
"Instead, Giggs would making an excellent assistant to whoever is appointed. I'd keep Phil Neville, too, and move heaven and earth to bring back Gary Neville.”
Giggs takes charge of Manchester United for the first time on Saturday afternoon, when relegation-threatened Norwich City visit Old Trafford.