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Louis van Gaal needs to spend £150m on new signings in the summer transfer window, according to Steve McManaman.
The Red Devils slumped to a surprise 3-0 defeat by Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon which has left Liverpool and Southampton with a glimmer of hope in the top-four race.
Van Gaal has been heavily linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani in recent weeks.
Speaking to Football Tonight, BT Sport’s football debate and news round-up show, former Liverpool midfielder McManaman reckons United have been fortunate that Liverpool and Spurs failed to perform against the top-four rivals in crunch games.
“I think they are miles away, £150m from winning the title,” McManaman said.
“I have been disappointed with the way they have played. I think the fact that they played so well against Liverpool and Tottenham has rescued them. I expected them to play much better and be closer, as in they have never ever been anywhere near challenging for the title this year.
“They have got a little bit closer at the end of the season as other teams have tailed off. So I expected them to be closer playing a better standard of football. To have no European football this year has helped them considerably.”
Van Gaal spent over £150m on signings last summer after he snapped up Netherlands international Daley Blind, World Cup runner-up Marcos Rojo, Athletic Bilbao star Ander Herrera and England left-back Luke Shaw.
The Dutchman also snapped up Angel di Maria in a British record £59.7m deal from Real Madrid, whilst two-time Europa League winner Radamel Falcao joined on a season-long loan from Ligue 1 side Monaco.