Outspoken Irish pundit Eamon Dunphy claims Manchester United’s squad requires a further £2 billion spent on it before it is anywhere close to being competitive again.
United shelled out a world record £89 million for Paul Pogba in the summer and replaced Louis van Gaal with Jose Mourinho, headline moves that were expected to reap instant dividends.
Despite a bright start, however, United have struggled for consistency and are already six points adrift of Premier League pacesetters Manchester City following Sunday’s shambolic 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Dunphy, Roy Keane’s autobiographer, believes the club are in systemic decline and that Mourinho is capable merely of stemming the tide unless armed with a world record budget.
‘The people who run Manchester United are the people who are responsible. The beginning of the end for Manchester United came before Alex Ferguson left,’ he told RTÉ 2fm’s Game On.
‘They had to start again and nobody has addressed that core problem.
‘Everyone is looking for a quick fix. David Moyes was given seven months and no budget and then they got Louis van Gaal, who was supposed to be a quick fix. He was given some money, but he wasted it. And now Mourinho has come in.
‘The waste in the summer of £100m on Paul Pogba is one example, the centre-half Eric Bailly, who some people think can offer something, he cost £35m.
‘They’re in denial about where the club is – it’s on a downward spiral that is beyond the capacity of one coach to fix unless you gave him a couple of billion.’