Former Man United ace Gary Neville has insisted that Louis Van Gaal faces a crucial two weeks ahead of the transfer deadline passing.
United are expected to lose David De Gea to Real Madrid before September 1, with Van Gaal dropping the Spaniard from his squad for the opening two Premier League games of the season.
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Meanwhile, there are also question marks over whether or not the Dutchman has enough firepower should either Wayne Rooney or Javier Hernandez get injured.
However, Neville believes that there are other problem areas in his squad that still need addressing, and Van Gaal needs a big fortnight to ensure that United are ready for the rest of the campaign.
“It’s a massive two weeks for Manchester United in terms of holding on to players and trying to strengthen where they can,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“They could find themselves in a position where they’ve only got one centre-forward and potentially not the best goalkeeper if De Gea moves to Real Madrid.
“They could also have a problem at centre-back if they get an injury – Phil Jones is out at the moment – so they could need another centre-back. That’s three main areas of the pitch.”
Neville revealed that he has been impressed with Daley Blind as he has been asked to step in at centre-back so far this season, but he believes that the Dutchman is a stop-gap solution rather than a long-term fix.
Barcelona winger Pedro is expected to arrive in the coming days which could solve one of Van Gaal’s issues, but questions remain over whether or not the Red Devils can sustain a title push with such little depth elsewhere.