GARY NEVILLE believes Jadon Sancho is not essential in Manchester United's fight back to the top – but multiple signings ARE required.
The Red Devils' hopes of signing the Borussia Dortmund winger this summer appear to be fading.
With a deadline set by the German club now passed, United are hoping Sancho still wants the move.
But club legend Neville, 45, wants to see his old team focus their efforts elsewhere if the youngster is unavailable.
He wrote for Sky Sports: "The fans I speak to aren't saying we desperately want Sancho.
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"They are saying we want the right calibre of signing brought into the club. It could be anybody that fits that bill.
"Yes, Sancho may fit that bill, but I'm not sat here as a United fan thinking I desperately want him. It could be any number of players that become available that would improve United.
"If Harry Kane became available, and Tottenham fans will be saying why are you trying to get him out of Spurs again, but if he became available, he'd obviously improve United's squad. So it doesn't have to be a certain player.
"The emergence of Mason Greenwood takes a bit of pressure off the situation but still, Manchester United need to add to the front three of Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
"They need to challenge those three players and support those three players. They need to have depth behind those three players, and they will drive the standards.
"We saw that with Greenwood, Martial and Rashford towards the end of the season.
"They were driving each other to score more goals, assist each other, they were playing better together so other players coming in of that kind of quality are going to improve them."
Neville has previously warned United that Sancho, 20, is not the automatic fix for returning the club back to its glory days.
Instead, a plethora of new faces are required to lift Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side up after a third-place finish last year.
Writing before Donny van de Beek's £39million capture from Ajax was confirmed, he spoke of "four or five" signings being required.
Neville noted: "The Manchester United squad, as it stands today, cannot challenge for the Premier League title this season.
"The squad needed four or five improvements and it still needs four or five improvements. I've been saying that for a year and I've even nominated the positions I feel they need to improve.
"It's frustrating at the moment, as a United fan, that the club haven't done their business earlier.
"But there have been times where the club have panicked in the transfer market in the last ten years, where they've been reactive, where they've overpaid and where they've got it wrong. So, you have to be sensible."
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