Pundit: Man Utd move ‘difficult to turn down’ for ‘fantastic’ Leeds star

Date published: Wednesday 29th September 2021 6:22 - Lewis Oldham

Leeds star Phillips would find it hard to reject Man Utd

A move to Man Utd would be “very difficult to turn down” for Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips, according to former Premier League defender Alan Hutton.

Phillips has spent his entire career with Leeds United. He has always been a good prospect but his game has moved up a level under Marcelo Bielsa.

The central midfielder impressed in the Premier League last season and he is now a regular at international level for England.


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Man Utd have reportedly expressed their interest in signing the Leeds United midfielder. 

Earlier this week, Hutton said he was “not so sure” whether Phillips would commit his future to Leeds United:

“It doesn’t surprise me they’re trying to tie him down. There’ll be all sorts of teams sniffing around him.

“Fair play to him, he’s been an outstanding performer for Leeds. He is now an outstanding performer for England. He’s taken his game to a new level.

“I don’t think Leeds are the same team when he’s not playing. They’ll be desperate to tie him down a long-term deal.

“But will he sign one? I’m not so sure. There will be a lot of teams after him in the next year or so.

“We’ll have to see how that plays out, but he could definitely play a very high level.”

Now in an interview with Football Insider, Hutton has suggested that Phillips “ticks all the boxes” for Man Utd:

“I think it’s a little bit different now, if I’m totally honest.

“I think the opportunity to move to a club of Manchester United’s stature would be very difficult to turn down. Man United are crying out for a player like Kalvin Phillips.

“They’re desperate for that sort of player. He ticks all the boxes for them. I think he can make Manchester United a better team if I’m totally honest.

“It’s going to be difficult, I think, for Leeds to tie him down to any longer deal. I know the fans won’t like me saying that but it’s just true.

“The facts are there for everybody to see. He’s a fantastic player.”

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