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Gary Neville on Man Utd's Summer Transfer Business, and Names One Position Club Need to 'Sort Out'

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Gary Neville has been impressed with Man Utd's activity in the summer transfer market
Gary Neville has been impressed with Man Utd's activity in the summer transfer market / Visionhaus/Getty Images
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Former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville has been impressed with the club's activity in the summer transfer market as they finally landed Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and agreed a deal in principle with Real Madrid over the transfer of Raphael Varane.

Sancho was a long-time transfer target of the Red Devils before they finally acquired his services this summer in a deal worth £72.9m - the 21-year-old has signed a five-year contract with Premier League side, with an option for an extra year.

Meanwhile, Varane will eventually become Man Utd's next signing of the summer, with the club having agreed to sign the centre-back from Real Madrid in a deal worth around £40m. The Frenchman's move to the Old Trafford-outfit, though, has been delayed over visa issues, with The Telegraph reporting the 28-year-old is yet to fly to England to complete his transfer.

Neville believes Man Utd have got two 'exciting' players in Sancho and Varane, and that they have addressed the problems on the right-wing and centre-back positions.

"I think Varane is really exciting. Sancho’s exciting but it was almost inevitable that was going to happen," he told Sky Sport [via Metro]. "They needed to fill that right-wing spot. It’s been a bit of a problem for the last year or two. I think demonstrating patience and getting him, to be fair, was a bit more measured.

"United have become a bit more measured in this last two or three years. I think Ole has brought that to the club, they’re not getting players for the sake of it.

"Varane is exciting and I think last season, every United fan, every commentator, pundit, fan and analyst watched United and said, 'They need a partner for Harry Maguire', and they’ve got one."

Neville also said Varane could prove to be the 'last piece of the jigsaw' for Man Utd, who finished second in the Premier League table last season, but added Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have to sort the goalkeeping situation out as they have both David De Gea and Dean Henderson in their ranks.

He said: "He’s a good age, got massive experience, he’s got a good centre-back alongside him. In fact, he’s got a good back-four.

"So he’s not coming into a team where he’s having to hold it together. He’s, you could argue, the last piece of the jigsaw in the sense that the rest of them are doing a pretty good job.

"[Victor] Lindelof did a good job, [Eric] Bailly did a good job alongside Maguire but there weren’t just that little bit extra that you need.

"And I think Harry Maguire will come out of this tournament with England strong, more confident than ever before, he’s got a great centre-back partner alongside him now in Varane.

"Varane has played at Real Madrid in the biggest games you could ever play in – World Cups, the lot – so they’ve got two brilliant centre-backs.

"If they can stay fit together… and obviously the two full-backs as well who have got great energy, both of them are great defenders – one of them is great going forward and Aaron Wan-Bissaka is definitely improving.

"I think just sort the goalkeeping situation out, settle that down, decide who is going to be number one and United are in a good position defensively and Sancho can hopefully bring that balance that’s needed in attack."


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