Manchester United has been linked with a deal for Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips, according to The MEN, who is high on the club’s wishlist.
Phillips would be difficult to sign due to the rivalry between the two teams, but mutual admiration between Manchester United’s players and himself might wind up being beneficial.
Time spent together on England’s international duty has strengthened their familiarity and appreciation for one other’s game.
Marcus Rashford was particularly pleased by Phillips during England’s 1-0 triumph over Croatia at Euro 2020 last summer, describing the midfielder as ‘immense.’
Phillips assisted England’s goal, completed 94% of his passes, and recovered seven balls, holding his own against a midfield that included Luka Modric.
Stepping up to England duty was eye-opening for the Leeds midfielder, who claimed he was taken aback by the caliber of the players.
Phillips singled out the Three Lions’ Manchester United contingent in an interview with England’s official YouTube channel.
He explained: “We did a session, three v three. It was me, Luke Shaw, and Ben White against Sancho, Rashford, and Jordan Henderson.
“They absolutely blew us away. We were doing it for like five hours, different games, and they were just too good.”
Phillips also praised Paul Pogba after the pre-season meeting between the clubs in 2019.
“He’s probably one of the best midfielders in the world. That was one of my toughest tests so far.”
Man City to spoil the party?
Manchester City might give Manchester United new competition in their pursuit of Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips ahead of the summer transfer season.
He has risen as one of the greatest in his position in the last year or two, particularly following his successful Euro 2020 campaign.
Phillips has emerged in the last year or two as a midfield dynamo for both club and country. That has resulted in his receiving accolades for his outstanding performances, which have naturally piqued the interest of interested parties.
So, the Red Devils may have to contend with Manchester City, who may add the Englishman to their transfer wishlist. If the Citizens formally enter the contest in the coming months, this update could be troubling for those at Old Trafford.
As a result, a move to Etihad Stadium would provide him with a choice other than joining Leeds’ bitter rivals (Man United).
Not to mention, Guardiola’s team is in considerably better shape than Ralf Rangnick’s, which puts the challenge that may lie ahead of United in the future into perspective.