Neville says United should sign Ismaila Sarr as Jadon Sancho alternative

Jadon Sancho

Gary Neville says Manchester United should look at signing Watford star Ismaila Sarr as a possible alternative for Jadon Sancho.

Solskjaer is looking to improve his attack this summer window despite the recent form of Rashford, Anthony Martial & Mason Greenwood.

But with Borussia Dortmund holding out for around £100m, Neville has proposed Sarr to the Red devils as a cheaper option at Manchester United – particularly if Watford goes into relegated.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Gary Neville said of Ismaila Sarr: ‘Manchester United need a right winger. He’s a big, big talent, honestly he really is.

‘We’ve seen his performances before but tonight he was a shining light, even in that first half there were periods where Watford did attack and it was through him. So yeah he’ll be sought after and Watford will, I’m sure, cash in if they get the right bid.’

On what makes the Watford winger so good, Neville continued: ‘I always think, particularly as a wide player, what would I have not wanted to have played against?

‘The first thing is pace. And then you’ve got to think about, can he use his pace? Well yes he can, because he makes really good quality runs: the spin in behind, straight, but also the run inside in between full-back and centre-back – which I always think is the most difficult to mark.

‘And then you think, well has he got quality on the ball? Could you just left him have it? Sometimes you’ve got quick players, let him have the ball.

‘But when you let him have the ball, he can get it out of his feet and whip ridiculously good crosses in. So that’s when you’re thinking about the fact that you’ve got a real problem, as a full-back.

‘Because if I get tight, he’s going to spin in behind me. If I drop off him, he’s just going to get an easy cross in and you can’t win.

‘That’s where sometimes you’ve just got to hold your hands up as a full-back and – I’ve said it many, many times – don’t be embarrassed about asking for help. If the player that you’re playing against is special and he’s causing you too many problems.

‘I actually thought Aaron Cresswell did really, really well. He stuck to his task, but he’ll come off that game tonight knowing that he’s had a tough game and he’ll be thankful in that dressing room. He won’t be celebrating.

‘I’ve been there, where you come off and you think, “Oof, I’ve had a tough game there, but I’ve dug in”. And his manager will go over to him and say, “Well done, you stuck at your task, you were playing against a really good player”.’


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