Manchester United’s signings in recent years have come under scrutiny after Jose Mourinho’s complaints that he needed more money to spend in the transfer market to compete with Manchester City.
Since arriving in 2016, Mourinho has brought Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof to Old Trafford for around £286million.
But despite the vast sums spent, United are 14 points behind City in the Premier League table and failed to win any of their last four matches in all competitions.
And Neville believes United’s problems stem from poor recruitment under previous managers Louis van Gaal and David Moyes.
Neville tweeted: “On United, we should be closer to City irrespective of their incredible run but city did have a better squad than united when Jose came in.
“The recruitment under LVG / DM all over the place. The club should be signing players that suit the values not being taken from one extreme to another by managers with differing principles.
“It’s a very costly exercise and means the waste is huge.
“The players signed by Jose are much better and more aligned to the clubs values.
“He should be supported in the TM with more players that meet the club ethic.”
Neville added he would sell 95 per cent of the players bought by Louis van Gaal and David Moyes.
Of the players signed by Van Gaal and Moyes, only Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Marcos Rojo, Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind remain at the club.