Gary Neville has identified a rotten cycle at Manchester United that needs breaking if they want to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title.
The former England defender was speaking on Sky Sports having just watched United picked apart brutally by Spurs.
Jose Mourinho 's side ran out 6-1 wins and for Neville it was a case of deja vu.
Neville believes he's seen United fall apart like this before under Louis van Gaal and Mourinho when neither manager has been backed in the transfer window.
And with Solskjaer not getting his priority target in Jadon Sancho, it's the familiar failings that have struck the club again.
“This is almost a repetitive cycle," said Neville. "We saw it with Louis van Gaal when he won a cup final and the club pulled out on him just as he was building a half decent squad and team. With Jose Mourinho they backed out on him in that transfer window a couple of seasons ago having given him a contract.
“I just feel Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did achieve the maximum with these players but getting them to third, there was no way he was going to get to the level of Liverpool or Manchester City.
“I thought Jose was playing a game a few years ago when he said it was an unbelievable achievement finishing second with that squad, but on reflection he is probably right.
“It was good United finished third last season, they were on the shoulders of Liverpool and City, but they needed to make sure they got closer. City have spent £150m and Liverpool have strengthened with Thiago and Jota.
“They have pulled away psychologically before the season even started, and the psychological damage of not bringing players in is hamper the current squad. The club’s job is to build a title-winning team, those are the standards for Manchester United.”
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