Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen believes the club's problems will not be solved by splashing out money ahead of the close of the transfer window.
Red Devils supporters are desperate to see the club spend big following their humiliating 6-1 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday.
Striker Edinson Cavani and left-back Alex Telles are expected to join on Monday, while United are also being linked with the likes of Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.
But speaking to Premier League Productions , Owen stated his belief that United's issues are far more deep-rooted than simply a lack of new signings.
"If I was the chairman or the owner, I would be nervous spending another £100m or another £200m," Owen said.
"How many times are Man United going to do that? 'Oh, there’s a problem, let’s throw millions at it! Let’s throw more millions at it!'
"And I know fans are desperate for big-money signings because it gets everyone excited but, unless you get the basics right, unless you’ve got a plan, unless you’ve got a system, unless you’re getting the best out of the current players, how can you them be trusted to spend another £200m?
"It beggars belief and that’s the first thing they’ve got to get right: get the best out of the current players before you start looking into someone else’s garden."
Owen also advised United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take inspiration from the likes of Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp or Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa's training sessions to improve his side in the near future.
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"Look at Jurgen Klopp, look at Marcelo Bielsa, there’s so many examples of managers demanding it," he added.
"This is something that you can’t just say: 'Come on lads, today we’re gonna switch on'. This happens in training.
"I’d hate to admit this because obviously Manchester United fans are watching this but, at Liverpool, what you see on a Saturday is absolutely what you see on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. When somebody loses the ball in training it’s an automatic thing."
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