Neville rules out one Man Utd signing and tips three to leave

Date published: Tuesday 11th May 2021 8:20 - Joe Williams

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Gary Neville doesn’t think Man Utd will pursue a striker in the summer transfer window, while he reckons three attackers will leave.

The Red Devils have been linked with a number of strikers over the past few months with Tottenham‘s Harry Kane and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland among those mentioned.

However, confirmation that Edinson Cavani has extended his stay at Old Trafford for another season could now see Man Utd relax their efforts to sign a new striker.

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And Neville thinks they will look at signing Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho rather than a striker with Juan Mata, Daniel James and Jesse Lingard leaving the club.

“I think if you look at the policy over the last couple of years at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I don’t think they will sign another striker,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“I haven’t got the contacts on the inside I used to have so that’s my assumption because they’ve been desperate for Sancho.

“You look at Manchester United’s recruitment last summer and they didn’t get Sancho, they were criticised for that. But it could be incredibly smart if they get him this year at half the price and they’ve waited 12 months.

“I think Juan Mata – who has done fantastically well for the club – will leave. I think if they can get good money for Daniel James, maybe he could go somewhere else.

“There’s a feeling that Jesse Lingard – he’s done really well at West Ham – but I think Ole will say no, go elsewhere and we’ll get money for Jesse Lingard.”

Neville added: “[Donny] van de Beek has got to stay, I think. He’s just got to, in my opinion. Then [Marcus] Rashford, [Bruno] Fernandes, [Mason] Greenwood, [Paul] Pogba, [Anthony] Martial and Van de Beek and then you’ve got Cavani at the top.

“If Manchester United were to sign a Harry Kane and a Sancho, for example, will Cavani play? Will Greenwood emerge? Will he have the growth that Manchester United will want for him. Where will that leave Rashford?

“Where does Pogba fit in if you want to play two defensive midfielders like Ole does with Fernandes in front. Fernandes is guaranteed.

“I’m looking at it now and I’m thinking: I think Sancho comes in and I think you’ve got Sancho that will play on that right-hand side. You’ve got the backup of Greenwood on that side.

“Up front you’ve got Cavani and Greenwood, they’ll want Greenwood to come through because I think he’s outstanding. On the left you’ve got Rashford and Martial and then you’ve got Pogba potentially can fit in there if he’s not in midfield.

“If you sign Kane or a Haaland as well, I don’t think that works for Manchester United in the way they’ve recruited in the past few years. Allowing young players to emerge like Greenwood, making sure Rashford plays… Van de Beek can’t get a game, I think it’s Sancho and I think that’s their business done.”


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