Gary Neville insists Manchester United are still four or five players short of challenging for the Premier League title this season.

United forked out over £200million on new signings last term, which helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guide them to a third-place finish in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, the Red Devils still finished a staggering 33 points behind champions Liverpool, while neighbours Manchester City were 15 points away in second.

Solskjaer is yet to bolster his squad in the current transfer window, although reports suggest a £40million deal for Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek is close to completion.

Manchester United are set to confirm the £40million signing of Donny van de Beek from Ajax

Yet Neville believes United still need to strengthen in a number of areas, urging his former club to make four or five signings this summer.

“The Manchester United squad, as it stands today, cannot challenge for the Premier League title this season,” the Red Devils legend told Sky Sports.

But Red Devils legend Gary Neville insists his former club's spending shouldn't stop there this summer

“The squad needed four or five improvements and it still needs four or five improvements. I've been saying that for a year and I've even nominated the positions I feel they need to improve.

“They have to sign a world-class centre-back. For me, another midfield player. I also think a right-winger, a centre-forward and you have to look at left-back because of Luke Shaw's injuries and the fact he has obviously been in and out of the team in the last two or three years.

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“So, I think there are definitely four or five players required and to not get three I think it would be a problem because of what the other clubs are doing.

“If Liverpool get Thiago, if Manchester City do what they are looking like they are going to do and with Chelsea doing what they've done, they are your competitors and they all look like they are improving and moving forward.

Neville believes Luke Shaw's injuries mean Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should target another left-back
Neville believes Luke Shaw's injuries mean Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should target another left-back

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“So, United have to do business but I do believe more in the strategy of what's happening, they just have to get the deals over the line.

“That's not always easy but they have to try and do it quickly to give Ole the time to build to get this team moulded for the start of the season.”