Manchester United’s convincing win over rivals Manchester City was greatly enjoyed by club legends Gary Neville and Roy Keane, but the pair urged the club to spend.
The 2-1 victory at the Etihad was richly-deserved by the visiting side, but both Keane and Neville stressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to sign ‘two or three’ experienced players during the January transfer window.
A week that started with scrutiny and mounting pressure on manager Solskjaer in the wake of an alarming home draw with promoted Aston Villa ended with a second memorable victory in a matter of days.
Fresh from deservedly seeing off Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham 2-1 on Wednesday evening, United won by the same scoreline across town at the Etihad thanks to a roaring start and impressive game plan.
Few connected to City could have complained had Solskjaer’s side added to goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in a fine first-half that laid the foundation for a victory which secured more than just bragging rights.
The 2-1 win in the 179th Manchester derby moved United up to fifth and within five points of the Champions League spots after fourth-placed Chelsea fell to a surprise loss at embattled Everton.
Keane and Neville were suitability impressed by the brilliant showing, though they remain unconvinced of the club’s ability to compete at the very highest level without reinforcements being drafted in to help Solskjaer’s squad.
“It will give them massive confidence,” Neville said on Sky Sports after watching United’s stunning performance.
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“I still don’t think it changes what United need to do in January; they still need two or three, if they can get them, experienced players to bolster that squad. They need it, they need it desperately.
“[Scott] McTominay and Fred have done brilliantly today and so have that front four, but they can’t do it week in and week out. That’s been demonstrated over a period of time.
“It doesn’t change anything today, but it gives them players confidence.”
Former Red Devils skipper Keane echoed the sentiments of his ex-teammate, claiming he wants to see more attacking options brought to Old Trafford as soon as possible.
Addressing where United could strengthen, he added: “Probably the middle of the park, certainly they need a helping hand there.
“Probably more options going forward, because you always think of Man United scoring goals, and they haven’t been scoring enough goals.
“The key is now to kick on – you have to win consistently playing for Manchester United.”