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Man Utd braced for busy summer as Neville calls on Mourinho to clear house

The former Red Devils defender is expecting there to be plenty of comings and goings.

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MANCHESTER UNITED CAN be expected to offload up to four players this summer and bring as many in, says Gary Neville, with Jose Mourinho set to ditch his troublemakers.

The Red Devils remain on course to secure a runner-up finish in the Premier League, while still competing for FA Cup honours, but the 2017-18 campaign has been another of frustration at Old Trafford.

Inconsistency has blighted United’s season, with those issues seeing them gift the title to arch-rivals Manchester City a week on from delaying a championship party on derby day.

Neville believes the only way to right those wrongs is to rebuild again in the next transfer window, with Mourinho needing to sell those whose questionable attitude is holding the club back.

The former Red Devils defender told Sky Sports in the wake of a shock 1-0 defeat to West Brom which handed the top-flight crown to City: “It was dismal, it was a dismal day.

“I suppose in some ways Manchester United stopped what would be this nightmare scenario last week of City winning the game at the Etihad in front of United’s fans. But it was an appalling performance.

“Jose Mourinho mentioned the words ‘inconsistency’ and ‘attitude’.

“That’s difficult to coach out of people if that’s the problems that are occurring – inconsistency and attitude.

“So he has to identify the issues that he has in that changing room and in that squad that are causing those inconsistencies and lack of attitude in these types of matches and deal with it at the end of the season.

“I think there will be three or four players leaving and the same number coming in.”

Neville added on the challenges facing Mourinho heading into his third season at Old Trafford: “I do agree with him, Manchester United didn’t lose the league [against West Brom], they lost it over a full season and Manchester City have been by far the best team and were always going to win it.

“He’s got to make that gap up and it’s going to be tough. Consistency is about mentality and the players fell well below that considering the last couple of weeks.”

United are already being linked with several high-profile additions ahead of what is shaping up to be a busy, and potentially era-defining transfer window at Old Trafford.

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