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Gary Neville has urged Manchester United to sign a striker in the final period of the summer transfer window, which closes on 1 September at 6pm BST. The Red Devils have done some astute business in the summer but still lack the cutting edge they need to challenge for a place at the top, reckons the former United defender.

The 20-time English Champions started the season strongly, winning their first two games but have collected only a solitary point from their last two, which has put a major question mark over their credentials this season. Their 2-1 loss to Swansea has exacerbated talk over their failure to land Pedro, who was hijacked by Chelsea and the future of David de Gea, who, according to Spanish publication Sport is on his way to Real Madrid.

Sergio Romero has failed to instill the same confidence as the Spaniard, who was arguably United's best player last season and made his way into the PFA Team of the Year. His failure to prevent Swansea's second goal has been the topic for a lot of speculation over United's next move in the market, with Jasper Cillessen being deemed a worthy replacement for De Gea in case of his departure.

"They won't just wake up and think, 'Oh, we've lost a game, we're going to panic and sign four players' – they've probably always wanted to bring in players – but watching them, they need players," Neville told Sky Sports after the game.

"They need to sort the goalkeeping situation out. That is a big problem. If De Gea leaves and they don't get another goalkeeper in...

"Manchester United have had incredible experience over the last 25 years. They've had Van der Sar, Schmeichel and, when they've not been able to fix that position down, it's caused problems.

"Centre-forward, goalkeeper – both ends of the pitch.

"If [Javier] Hernandez leaves, they've got one striker. I'm not classing Fellaini as a striker. They've got one striker in Wayne Rooney.

"They've got the goalkeeper Romero and I said before the game the jury's out; I think today it's even more out."