Manchester United legend Gary Neville reckons his former club will have to pay over the odds for summer targets if they miss out on a top-four spot this season.
David de Gea cost United again on Sunday as the Red Devils’ hopes of Champions League qualification were dealt a major blow.
United’s three-game run without a goal was ended 11 minutes into the clash with Chelsea at Old Trafford as Juan Mata scored on his 31st birthday but another goalkeeping error allowed Marcos Alonso to equalise two minutes before half-time and the game ended 1-1.
The draw means United remain three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with only two games to go and with a substantially inferior goal difference.
And Neville has suggested the club may have to rethink their transfer plans this summer.
“I think when players are choosing their football clubs, they want them to be competitive, winning trophies and in the Champions League,” he told Sky Sports.
”Manchester United look like they won’t be in the Champions League next season.
“If you were choosing between two clubs on a salary basis, you may choose someone else.
”United have a huge revenue and will still get players, it will just cost them more to get the players they want.
”United is still a huge football club.”
Fellow Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness echoed Neville’s views, believing players will still find United an attractive proposition despite their on-pitch woes.
”If I was a big player and had the chance to come here, it would be a hard club to turn down. It is still one of the biggest clubs in the world.”