Carragher does not feel that there has been a lack of investment in players at Old Trafford, quite the opposite, in recent years.
The former England defender believes that insisting United must constantly buy more and more players is lazy and leads to overspending.
In fact, Carragher thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be looking to move players on rather than bring them in, starting with World Cup-winning superstar, Pogba.
‘A year ago Paul Pogba agitated for a move,’ Carragher wrote in the Telegraph. ‘Now he is entering that point in his contract where United must either sell him or give him a lucrative new deal to prevent him leaving for free.
‘I suspect they will offer him a contract. If they can get anywhere near what they paid for him, they should be selling. Not popular, but the right thing to do given the circumstances and his contribution since he joined.
‘Hearing the calls for United to spend big again in the aftermath of last weekend’s defeat to Crystal Palace makes it sound like Groundhog Day at Old Trafford, the same voices making the same arguments and offering the same solutions.
‘”Spend, spend and spend some more,” they say, in this case by paying whatever it takes to sign Jadon Sancho and a centre-back.
‘I have no idea how competent or otherwise vice-chairman Ed Woodward is as a football executive but I can state one fact with certainty; in the seven years since Ferguson retired, failure to spend money is not the root of United’s problems. The club has paid close to one billion on transfer fees alone since 2013, which is mind-boggling when fans and former players suggest they are still “two or three players short” of competing for the title.’
United have bought Donny van de Beek from Ajax this summer, but that is the only first team signing they have made.
Carragher’s Sky Sports colleague, Gary Neville, has been a prominent voice calling for the Red Devils to make numerous new signings, and feels the United board are negligent for not doing so.
‘You see Liverpool getting a player for £40m, £25m, you see other clubs do it,’ Neville told Sky Sports. ‘Werner is quite cheap compared to some of the prices of players you see in the market and United always seem to have to pay top dollar and the people at the club will not like that, almost as though they are easy pickings. And there is a suggestion of that
‘The problem is, they have to find a way to get deals done and they can’t get deals done efficiently. And it is negligence not to get the squad in place, they have had six months since March when lockdown was on being able to deliberate, do zoom calls, connect with agents, move things into place.
‘There is no excuse really for not getting your transfers done before the start of the season. They need four or five players, so to only get one done… I know Liverpool have only got theirs done in the last couple of days, but there is a feeling they are in control.’