Man United slammed for failing to sign Kalvin Phillips

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has slammed Manchester United for failing to compete for the signing of Kalvin Phillips

The 26-year-old has solidified his place as an important member of Gareth Southgate’s England team and improved his reputation with a string of dominant performances during the European Championships last summer.

However, Phillips is prepared to advance in his club career and is close to signing a £42 million move to join Premier League winners Manchester City after a fee was agreed upon on Friday.

Although they are reportedly getting close to signing Frenkie de Jong, United has had a difficult start to the summer transfer window. The Netherlands international was Ten Hag’s top objective, but the former Ajax player was reluctant to transfer to Old Tafford at first before being persuaded by his former manager.

However, Cascarino thinks Phillips would have been a better choice given that he possesses many of the skills that United’s engine room is now lacking.

 ‘I don’t know why Man United haven’t made a move for Kalvin Phillips. Now they might say well we tried to and he’d already decided he was going to City.

‘But he is exactly what United need for me. He might not have wanted to go there and that might have been the reason but there wasn’t seemingly any competition from a club who I think sorely need that type of player.


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