Gary Neville admits Manchester United may not need "four of five players" should Bruno Fernandes continue performing.
The Portuguese star has been a rare piece of solid recruitment at Old Trafford with their activity in the transfer market holding them back in recent years.
Neville thought that United were in desperate need of fresh faces and felt they may need almost half a team to improve.
But with Fernandes present the former Red Devil claims they feel "unbeatable".
The 26-year-old has not been a United player for a year yet but has had a phenomenal impact on the club and his team-mates.
United have suffered massively since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, but Neville reckons the playmaker is their best signing since his departure in 2013.
He told Sky Sports: "Yes (he's their best signing since Ferguson) because I don't think anybody would have the impact on this Manchester United team.
"We all thought we'd need four or five players. Yet, with him in the team they feel unbeatable. Without him they're nowhere near as good.
"They tried it for half a game at West Ham and they were an absolute disaster. The one problem Ole has is that he can't rotate.
"He might be able to do it in the FA Cup at the weekend but in any game that matters he has to play because the impact of loss on the team when he's not in is too big. It shouldn't be that way but it is.
"And that's with Van de Beek, Pogba and all the others – they can't handle losing Bruno Fernandes."
Fernandes is the club's top scorer and notched their winner from the spot last time out as they saw off Aston Villa.
His arrival last season proved to be the catalyst for an excellent second-half of the year.
United ended up securing third place in the league have been inconsistent prior to his arrival.
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