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Gary Neville unhappy with Manchester United spending spree

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Gary Neville has blasted Manchester United for 'losing control' in the transfer market this summer, and believes boss Louis van Gaal has his work cut out to fit all his new players into one cohesive team.

The Red Devils splashed more than £150 million over the summer on six new players - Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Angel di Maria, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao.

Arrivals

Despite the big-name arrivals in attack, there is some concern amongst Manchester United fans that key areas have not been addressed - most notably in defence and in midfield.

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Neville, who is now part of Roy Hodgson's England coaching squad, agrees with that sentiment and was insists their big-spending isn't in keeping with the culture of the club

"It is not the way I would expect United to go about their business," he said. "I thought it would be more controlled.

Crazy

"Falcao tipped them over the edge, it surprised and shocked everyone. How he (Van Gaal) gets them in that team I don't know.

"How they get (Wayne) Rooney, Di Maria, Robin van Persie, Falcao, Herrera, Adnan Januzaj and Juan Mata into that team I don't know."

The former full-back did admit that he was exciting to see all the attacking talents Manchester United now have at their disposal, but added: "They have overpaid, there is no doubt about that. Now Louis van Gaal has to mould the into the team."

Deadline day

One major bone of contention on deadline day was the sale of Danny Welbeck to Arsenal. The striker joined the Gunners in a £16 million move in the dying minutes of the window and Neville warns that selling a homegrown player to a rival sends a worrying message.

I have to admit I thought the Danny Welbeck sale was a strange one," Neville told talkSport. "Of all the prices paid this summer, there are right backs and left-back galore who have been bought for £14m, £15m, £16m.

Odd

"How have they (Arsenal) got him for £16m? I can't work it out. It has helped out a competitor because Arsenal are the team they are fighting. It's odd in two or three ways."

Manchester United are yet to win a competitive fixture under Van Gaal this season, and he'll be aiming to change that record when they take on QPR at Old Trafford this weekend. Falcao, Blind, Shaw and Rojo are all in line to make their debuts in what is expected to be a much-changed line up from the side that drew 0-0 with Burnley before the international break.

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