Gary Neville says Manchester United are two players from title victory and looking like Barcelona

Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes his former side are just two more players from lifting the Premier League title.

Criticism has been high of Man United recently thanks a to 'boring' style of play, yet they sit third in the league and a win in Wolfsburg will see them top their UEFA Champions League Group.

Neville has also criticised United but feels they are close to being a great team, and could even look like Barcelona if they did get additions like Bale or Ronaldo.

The former-United captain was speaking on his podcast after United's 1-1 draw with Leicester City on Saturday.

"If you put two more players into Manchester United's team, say a Gareth Bale or a Cristiano Ronaldo into that team, that team could win the league," Neville said.

"Because the structure that is being built at this moment in time is solid. But they need that match-winner, that Neymar, that Luis Suarez, the one that is going to light up a game and score one or two goals to take it away, then all of a sudden they would look like a Barcelona, because they're dominating possession, making teams look foolish."

Neville sees United close to Barcelona and title victories

On his Sky Sports Gary Neville Podcast, he continued, saying that "even in the last 15 minutes, they didn't fully commit to winning the game."

"Historically, you would like to see punch after punch, you would want to see bodies being thrown forward, but you might get caught on the counter attack and lose 2-1 that way.

"But that's not the way in which this United team play, and the heart wants them to go forward, commit players and be reckless in some ways.

"I do think they are quite close when I think about it with my head, but my heart thinks I'd like to see them die trying a little bit more and go for it.

United great says Van Gaal must be given more time

"But he's a year-and-a-half in, Louis van Gaal, and he should get a lot more time to do what he wants to do. I was in the same opinion when David Moyes was at Manchester United, and I'm in the same opinion now."

Louis van Gaal has been on the brunt of most the criticism with his 'philosophy' not attracting the support of the United fans. Boos have been heard at Old Trafford after the CSKA Moscow and PSV Eindhoven games in midweek and Van Gaal has looked uncomfortable.

There is no doubt that United are not the counter-attacking, all emphasis on goals team they once were. The question is whether they have been that team since a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, who Neville mentions, left.

Rio Ferdinand recently said that "it wasn't always exciting in [his] day; certainly during the final 3 seasons under Sir Alex [Ferguson] it was more a case of us getting over the line."

That, perhaps, is true and United have been missing that one player to change the game since Ronaldo's £86million departure to Real Madrid.

United face West Ham United on Saturday for their first game of the busy December month, they need a win to keep up with the other title challengers.

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