Manchester United have already spent over £250 million on new players since Louis van Gaal arrived and Paul Scholes wants them to spend more.
The former United hero thinks the club must buy at least three new players in the summer if they are to compete for the Premier League title next season.
Fans can point to an FA Cup final, or a possible Champions League place now being in their hands, as signs of growth this season, but the fact remains United are short on quality.
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They are 17 points behind champions Leicester City and are likely to finish no higher than fourth, matching their efforts from a year ago.
And unlike Arsenal, who can point to Mesut Ozil’s influence, or Sergio Aguero’s brilliance for Manchester City, United have had no real standout performances from an outfield player this campaign. If not for David de Gea, the Red Devils wouldn’t be in with a chance of securing Champions League football.
In March, Scholes admitted he wanted his old team to sign Luka Modric and Raphael Varane, and he reiterated the need for a creative midfielder and a centre-back after United’s win over Norwich on Saturday.
“They need to spend some more money," he told BT Sport, per the Mirror. “I think they need a top centre forward, a centre half and possibly a bit of creativity in midfield.
“I don't think there's need for eight, nine or 10 players or anything like that. I just think two, three, four players maybe at most just to bring some real quality to the team.”
Most United fans will agree that assessment. The signings of Memphis Depay and Bastian Schweinsteiger haven’t gone to plan and Wayne Rooney’s ability to take over a game is on the wane.
Van Gaal’s team are difficult to watch at the moment. The last time United scored more than twice in a game was in February and the days where Old Trafford used to watch Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams attacking relentlessly are a distant memory.
Mourinho or Van Gaal
It’s not only on the pitch where things are expected to be shaken up. There are contrasting reports on Van Gaal’s future, with The Sun claiming that United have asked Jose Mourinho to wait until 2017 to replace the Dutchman.
However, the Sunday People are still entertaining the thought of Mourinho arriving this summer.
It’s easy to envisage executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward sticking with Van Gaal for another season if he wins the FA Cup. United take on Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on May 21 as they attempt to win their first major trophy in three years.