Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville thinks the club “should always be challenging for the best players in the world” following reports that Alexis Sanchez could move to Old Trafford.
The Sun has claimed that Jose Mourinho is confident of tying up a deal for the Arsenal forward and beating neighbours Manchester City to his signature.
And Neville admits Sanchez is the kind of player that the Red Devils should be competing for as he is one of the best players in the world despite becoming “distracted” at the Gunners.
“Manchester United, in my mind, should always be challenging for the best players in the world,” he told Sky Sports.
“The argument is that always Barcelona and Real Madrid if they do want someone they will get them and that has played itself out over the last 10/15 years but United are now financially challenging. They are paying the sums they need to pay to attract the best players in the world.
“I’ve not seen the Alexis Sanchez news, so you have given me something I haven’t heard before, but, from that point of view, United, from a general perspective, should always be challenging for the best players in the world and bringing them in.
“Sanchez has been distracted at Arsenal for the last six months.
“His career at Arsenal, I couldn’t say a bad word about him until two or three months before the end of last season. I did feel he became distracted. Let’s see how he performs this season at Arsenal. Ultimately he is still building up his fitness, he’s still not in the team.”