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Manchester United legend Gary Neville presented as the new manager of Valencia on ThursdayReuters

Manchester United legend Gary Neville, who has been appointed the manager of La Liga side Valencia, has stated that the Red Devils are just two players shy of lifting the Premier League for the 21st time.

United last won the English league title in 2012-13, and they have since struggled to increase their tally of league titles, and Neville is aware of that. The former Red Devils captain has thus proclaimed that players of the calibre of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo is what Louis van Gaal's side need at the moment.

Manchester United are currently third in the table after the completion of 14 games, and while Van Gaal's team have conceded the least goals in the league so far, they haven't shown much goalscoring prowess. The Red Devils have scored 20 times from their games in the EPL so far -- the lowest among the top five teams currently.

It is clear that United need to sharpen their attack with a plethora of games still remaining this season. Club skipper Wayne Rooney has come under criticism from the fans for his lack of goalscoring touch in recent times, as well. Neville, however, has a solution. 

"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 easily," the 40-year-old said in his podcast.

The Valencia manager also said that a match-winner like Neymar or Luis Suarez is the need of the hour. "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 explained.

The former right-back, who spent a decade-long career with United, lifting eight Premier League titles, also admitted that the committment is missing from the present Red Devils roster, playing under Van Gaal.

"Even in the last 15 minutes (against Leicester last weekend in EPL), they [the Man United players] didn't fully commit to winning the game," Neville continued. "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 Manchester United team play, and the heart wants them to go forward, commit players and be reckless in some ways."

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