Gary Neville believes Manchester United could win the Premier League title with their current squad if it included a match-winner such as Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar or Luis Suarez.
The former United captain feels Louis van Gaal's squad is missing at least one player with the capability to decide matches on his own - like the aforementioned quartet regularly do - but believes they are on the right tracks.
Neville, arguably the best football pundit on British television, has even claimed that Manchester United would look "like a Barcelona" if they managed to bring a genuine world star to Old Trafford because they're already "dominating possession" and "making teams look foolish".
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"If you put two more players into Manchester United's team, say a Gareth Bale or a Cristiano Ronaldo into that team, that team could win the league," the England coach said on the Gary Neville Podcast, according to the Manchester Evening News. "Because the structure that is being built at this moment in time is solid.
"But they need that match-winner, that Neymar, that Luis Suarez, the one that is going to light up a game and score one or two goals to take it away, then all of a sudden they would look like a Barcelona, because they're dominating possession, making teams look foolish."
Fans are frustrated with Van Gaal's tactics
While Manchester United are dominating possession against the majority of their opponents, it's perhaps an exaggeration to claim they're making fools of the teams they face.
The Red Devils have failed to produce attractive football under Van Gaal's management, for the most part, and a growing number of supporters at Old Trafford are frustrated with the possession-based game the Dutch coach has implemented since replacing David Moyes in the summer of 2014.
United's players often appear to be playing within themselves, with their first priority to retain possession of the ball instead of creating clear-cut opportunities to score.
Van Gaal's men have netted 20 goals in the Premier League this term - a lower tally than Manchester City, Leicester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and Everton.
United could sign world star in 2016
There's little doubt that a world-class star would turn Manchester United into a far more dangerous attacking unit. Wayne Rooney has failed to the business this season, James Wilson has now been loaned out, while Anthony Martial is still learning his trade in multiple positions.
United have been linked with Bale, Ronaldo and Neymar in recent months and there's an outside chance that either Bale or Ronaldo could arrive at Old Trafford from Real Madrid in 2016. Neymar and Suarez, however, appear to be off limits.
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