Jamie Carragher disagrees with Gary Neville over priority Manchester United signing


Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher disagree over Manchester United’s transfer policy (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher disagrees with Gary Neville that Manchester United should focus on signing Jadon Sancho this summer and says a centre forward should be the club’s priority.

United tied Edinson Cavani down to a new 12-month deal on Monday, meaning the club are likely to shelve plans to sign a centre forward for another year.

That means United can reignite their interest in Jadon Sancho, with Dortmund prepared to accept a fee far below their £108m asking price last summer.

Neville believes that would give United a fluid, varied attack that is consistent with Solskjaer’s ethos but Carragher feels Sancho would not be enough to close the gap on City and that United need a centre forward in his prime if they’re to wrestle the title away from the blue half of Manchester next term.

Sancho is keen on a return to the Premier League (Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund via Getty Images)

I’ don’t think they’d have the centre-forward [to challenge for the title, without signing one],’ said Carragher.

‘I absolutely love Cavani. But the big thing for me is Greenwood, he’s a superstar.

‘If you bring Sancho in, he’s got to play 70-80 per cent of the games on the right, where he plays. So then you’ve got a really old guy who’s done brilliantly, or a really young guy who’s not quite ready physically to lead the line for United.

‘I think Manchester United buying a Harry Kane or a Haaland and using Greenwood on the right cutting inside on the left foot, I think he’s brilliant at that. I’d be really wary if they bought Sancho of stunting Greenwood’s progress.’

Solskjaer is keen to sign a right-sided attacker and a defensive midfielder this summer.

West Ham’s Declan Rice is of interest but the Hammers are seeking £100m+ for the England international and United aren’t willing to stretch that far, even if Solskjaer is a big admirer of the midfielder.

Eric Bailly’s contract extension means United are unlikely to enter the market for a centre-back, while they hope to raise funds through the sales of Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Juan Mata.


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