Gary Neville has claimed Manchester United's owners only signed Cristiano Ronaldo to "shut people up" following the criticism they received last season.
Fans lashed out at the club causing United's home game against Liverpool last campaign to be postponed and the club's involvement in the breakaway European Super League didn't go down well with supporters either.
Neville believes United have made signings to "shut people up" after backlash from fans. "The Glazers have done what they normally do when they get put under pressure," he said on Sky Sports.
"They make two or three signings and basically, it shuts people up. I think there's deep rooted issues at United. They couldn't let Ronaldo go to Manchester City. They've had it in the past with the likes of Sanchez when he was going to Man City and they stepped in. They had to step in at this point, whether they wanted to or not is another matter. No Man United fan can complain with the three players they've got this summer.
"I made the predictions on Monday Night Football that it would finish Man City, Chelsea and Man United I'm not going to change that. I don't think the Ronaldo signing makes them a better team that Chelsea who won the Champions League winners last season and Man City were 20 points clear."
Co-pundits Jamie Redknapp and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink were surprised by Neville's claims and added that the signings should bring United closer to challenging for the Premier League title this season.
Neville responded: "Absolutely It brings them closer to winning the title, do I think it will win them the title at this point? No. But now I am more excited about them challenging for the title than five or six days ago."
He added: "Ronaldo and Varane will have the mentality to win the title no doubt. If I put my house on it to win the title, no but I am desperate for them to win the title. I'm just being pragmatic."