Nuno responds to claims star would be perfect Man United fit

Date published: Tuesday 7th July 2020 3:25

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo gave a diplomatic response after Mexico manager Gerardo Martino said Raul Jimenez should join Man United in the future.

The forward’s international boss believes Jimenez would be better off moving to Old Trafford over Juventus.

Jimenez has scored 24 times in all competitions this season to fire Wolves into sixth in the Premier League and the last 16 of the Europa League.

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He has been linked with a move away from Molineux but, ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Sheffield United, Nuno remained relaxed about Martino’s comments.

He said: “It’s not an issue for us, we have a competition and a game to play. We have a lot of things in front of us. It’s not the moment to think about anything else. I’m sure Raul is totally, 100 per cent focused on what he has to do at Wolves.

“They are things which you can’t control, it’s up to you to decide if you pay attention or not. I admire Tata (Martino), he is a big manager, and honestly it doesn’t distract us.”

Jimenez has scored 33 per cent of Wolves’ Premier League goals with Nuno’s side five points behind Chelsea in the race for the top four.

It has led to Martino suggesting the 29-year-old should choose Man United ahead of a move to Turin.

“Looking at it from the outside today I cannot see a specialist number nine like Raul at Man United,” he told ESPN.

“There are many forwards like (Marcus) Rashford, (Anthony) Martial and the boy who now plays as right winger: (Mason) Greenwood but since Romelu Lukaku left I can’t see a pure number nine like Raul.

“At Juventus he will have more of a fight because (Cristiano) Ronaldo shares the inside of the pitch with whoever plays alongside him, with (Paulo) Dybala or with (Gonzalo) Higuain and maybe he has a tougher fight there.”

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