Gary Neville has argued that Manchester United should sell the likes of Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to help fund a big-money move for Harry Kane.
The Red Devils kicked off their Premier League campaign with an emphatic 5-1 demolition of Leeds United at Old Trafford.
However, United failed to build on their opening momentum after they salvaged a 1-1 draw against Southampton at the St Mary’s on Sunday.
The Red Devils splashed out this summer to secure Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund in a hefty £73m deal and Raphael Varane from Real Madrid in a £34m transfer.
Kane has been subject to intense transfer speculation linking him with Premier League champions Manchester City this summer.
The 28-year-old wantaway Tottenham striker, who is under contract with Spurs until 2024, revealed his desire to exit his boyhood club.
However, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is playing hardball in the Kane transfer saga and demanding a hefty £160m fee for the England captain.
Neville has questioned why United are not in the race to sign Kane before the transfer window shuts on 31st August.
The 46-year-old Sky Sports pundit believes that United “could do without” Martial, Lingard, Dan James and Juan Mata.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, Neville said: “My gut feeling is no — they won’t have the same impact on Manchester United as [Virgil] Van Dijk and Alisson [at Liverpool] to get them up to 90-95 points they will need to win the league. I think they will still be short.
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“Chelsea, we’ve seen what they’ve done with [Romelu] Lukaku, we’ve seen that Van Dijk has come back for Liverpool, we know Manchester City are in for [Jack] Grealish and Kane. If they get Kane, I think there’s a massive problem for United.
“I’m struggling to understand why Manchester United aren’t going that extra step [in] this transfer window. Sancho’s £70million was last year’s money. And I think with regards to Manchester United, they’ve always gone after the best player in the Premier League, the best English player, the best British player historically.
“Why is Martial, James, Lingard […] you’re talking about potentially offloading a lot of wages there, potentially getting some transfer fees in.
“Why are they not going in for Harry Kane this week? Because if I think Harry Kane entered Manchester United, you could get up to 90-95 points, without him [they won’t].
“They’re still going to have to replace [Edinson] Cavani and Martial next summer. Martial’s not going to do it, Cavani has only got one year left [on his contract].
“They’re going to have to buy a centre forward at some point. Why not get the man now and give Ole that impetus to get to that 90-point [target]. I don’t think they can with just Sancho and Varane.
“Manchester United will lose Martial and Cavani in the next 12 months, they’ll only have Mason Greenwood as a centre forward, [Marcus] Rashford [is best] on the left.
“I think Manchester United will need a centre forward in the next 12 months, the guy is available now if you pay £150million.
“You’ve got Martial, James, Mata and Lingard who I think, to be fair, we could do without them at the club. I personally think Kane coming in [to United] would be a differentiator.”
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