The ex-United skipper says the club missed out on top stars even at the height of their success, and he is in no rush for them to return to the top
Manchester United legend Gary Neville says it is nothing new for the club to miss out on major talent in the transfer market and he is ďnot in a rushĒ to see them winning the gameís biggest trophies again.

United look set to miss out on Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, with the 19-year-old Dutchman thought to have an agreement with Barcelona, but Neville insists that such near-misses in the transfer market happened even when the Red Devils were ultra-successful under Sir Alex Ferguson.

ďI think United can still attract top-end players because weíve seen good players come to the club over the last six or seven years,Ē said Neville after taking part in the match celebrating the 20th anniversary of Unitedís 1999 treble win.

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ďThis club will never move away from being a sensational football club, it will have difficult moments and itís having a difficult time now.

ďThe money in the game now means youíre always in competition. The club has lost players when itís been successful to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. It lost Robben to Chelsea in the mid-2000s, we lost Nasri to City, donít always think that when Sir Alex Ferguson was here it didnít happen.

ďThis club lost players when it was successful to some of the biggest clubs in Europe that are competing with United. Donít think that if United lose players now to Barcelona that this is the first time itís ever happened, itís happened before.

ďItís not because of the current plight, or the coach, or the manager, or the current players. It just happens sometimes. It happened during successful times too.Ē

Unitedís legends side beat their Bayern Munich counterparts 5-0 in the charity fixture for the Manchester United Foundation, with current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer netting the opening goal.


And Neville added that one of Solskjaerís purported targets, Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, is exactly the type of player United should be courting.

ďHeís a massive talent and the club, to be fair, have always signed young, emerging British talent and I donít think that should change, and it would seem to me that the club would like to go back down that route and he [Wan-Bissaka] is one.

ďThe price is always going to be big because clubs are wise now to it, you canít pinch players off clubs for £5m or £6m. They are wise to it and have the Premier League funding of £100-odd million so they donít need to panic, they donít need extra £5m or £10m, they want £50m or £60m.


ďAs long as they sign the right talent, Iím always encouraged,Ē the former right-back continued. ďIím also encouraged by the fact that Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Scott McTominay are playing.


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ďIím encouraged by the fact the club are giving opportunities to young players, even in these times because for me thatís something thatís part of Manchester Unitedís history, itís what Manchester United is. You just have to sign the right players and give them the platform to perform and the belief and opportunity.

ďIím not in a rush with Manchester United, I donít have to see them be successful in the next 10 minutes. As long as the principles are right, play good football, bring the right players through, try and win as best you can, donít give in, good attitudeÖ and for me I can wait for two, three, four, five years for the club to be successful. It isn't a problem for me.

ďI lived through 20 years as a fan when I was growing up where the club wasnít successful. Iím not in a rush I just want to see the right things happen and with Ole here as a coach thereís an opportunity for that to happen.Ē