Manchester United is no longer alien to spending big money for world class players. Even in the glorious reign of Sir Alex Ferguson, the club signed players like Juan Sebastian Veron, Andy Cole and Rio Ferdinand. Under the current manager, Louis Van Gaal, the club showed that they are not afraid to splash the cash when they need to achieve their target on the pitch. Additions like Angel di Maria for £59.7 million from Real Madrid make it evident.
Recently, it was found out that last summer Neymar was offered a whopping amount of £145m to join Manchester United. The offer proves that the club is worried about the problems that have been plaguing the club. Neymar Sr. confirmed the news and said, “Manchester United is the club that offered €190m for Neymar.” The Brazilian’s father also added, “He has still two years of contract, but you all can be calm as my son is so happy here.” The Brazilian’s father insisted that his son was happy and satisfied at Barcelona and even such an amount can’t lure the 23 year old.
Many have lauded Manchester United’s ambition to solve the problems the club has been facing. This move is more than understandable considering the Red Devil’s issues in attack. But the question is, will these kinds of deals bring United back and take them to the desired direction? As Sir Alex Ferguson said, “While you might be able to buy your way to short term success, it does not work out over the long term.”
Making unbelievably huge bids might show ambition, but Manchester United need something more than that.