But back in September iconic former United right-back Neville sent a clear message to the club’s hierarchy while discussing his former side’s fortunes on Sky Sports.
Neville warned that United must improve upon Maguire and Lindelof at the back if they harbour genuine ambitions of being crowned champions for the first time since 2013.
“We can talk about [Jadon] Sancho all we like but until United get a centre-back who can run and defend one-on-ones they are never going to win the league,” Neville said three months ago.
“They are never going to win the Premier League with that centre-back pairing. They have to get a mobile, dominant centre half in alongside either Lindelof or Maguire.
“Over the years, the best centre back partnerships have always had that really quick one who has lightning pace to get across and snuff out the danger. Lindelof and Maguire just don’t have that.”
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And speaking earlier in December in the wake of a goalless draw with Manchester City, Neville added: “I still have it at the back of my mind with this club that to allow a manager to win the title you have to arm him with the players to do so.
“He needed another centre-back, he needed another winger. Today, they had Paul Pogba on the left wing and Mason Greenwood on the right wing. They are still fudging it.