Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is close to completing his first deal of the summer with the club confirming an agreement has been reached for Swansea winger Daniel James.
Although United fans are desperate to see a big name signing come through the door at Old Trafford next, Wayne Rooney has warned Solskjaer against that approach, and recommended that he sign several younger and cheaper players.
Rooney told BBC Sport: “The first thing Ole has to do is build the squad and I don’t think bringing in one or two players for £100m is going to help the players already there.
“Ole’s better spending £30-40million on players with potential and building the squad around those five or six players.
“You could bring in players in [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi, [Sergio] Ramos or [Gareth] Bale but it’s going to cost you £350m and you’d get two years out of them and you’ve written that money off.”
United missed out on Champions League qualification after finishing sixth in the Premier League after a dismal start and end to the season.
Although they finished their campaign in similar form, Rooney, who scored 253 goals for the club between 2004 and 2017, is backing Solskjaer to impress over the next few seasons.
He continued: ”Let Ole have that time to build a team for the next two or three years that are going to compete at Premier League and Champions League level.
“It’s down to teams like United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham and possibly Everton in the next two years to get to the level of Liverpool and Manchester City.”
One player that has been heavily linked with a move to United is Holland and Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.
Despite his price tag sitting at around £70m, he fits Rooney’s criteria of being a young player to build a team around.
De Ligt’s Holland team-mate Jasper Cillessen claimed yesterday that the 19-year-old ‘knows what he has to do’ this summer, with Barcelona another possible destination.
He told Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo: “I sat down with him to talk about all his options, but the same as I did with Frenkie [De Jong], I told him that the decision belongs to him.
“Matthijs is a good boy and he knows what he has to do.
“I talked to him, but I told him that I could not make the decision for him, he knows what he has to do.
“I can only talk about good things about Barca because it’s a great club and I have a great feeling with Barca.”