"DESPERATE" Manchester United should have acted quicker to land £109million star Jadon Sancho, according to Gary Neville.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with the England ace for months.
But the deal stalled after Dortmund's August 10 deadline to complete the move passed.
The Bundesliga side wanted the transfer wrapped up quickly to avoid disruption to their pre-season preparations and Neville thinks United could have done more to bag the 20-year-old.
He told the Mail: "Like everyone else they had three months off because of coronavirus, so I don't think it should be the case they didn't have the resource or time to get things done.
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"Chelsea got their business done, [Manchester] City have got three or four pieces done. I don't think timing's the issue.
"It's just a thing with United that every time they go for a player in the last four, five, six years it feels they are a little bit desperate.
"They think they can hang on but they always pay it [the asking price] in the end.
"That's sometimes where I think you can take control, give a hard deadline and say 'we're moving away from this deal'."
After the deadline passed, Dortmund director Michael Zorc told United to forget about a deal this summer.
And Neville thinks his old club should now focus on another star.
He added: "The fact that it's dragged on. Just say to Dortmund 'leave him there' and go get another player.
"There are plenty of players around, there can't be just one player you're chasing.
"It is frustrating but I do think United have been better in these last couple of seasons, more careful and not making mistakes either.
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"If you can't get a deal done [for Sancho] you have to move on. You certainly have to give hard deadlines on players."
Neville's fellow Sky pundit Jamie Carragher recently claimed United could lose out on the Sancho signing to their bitter rivals Liverpool.
And Sancho himself also revealed he has a sleep problem and said he needs to be more professional.
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