When Gary Neville was the manager of Valencia, Manchester United ignored his wise transfer advice.


When Gary Neville was the manager of Valencia, Man Utd ignored his wise transfer advice.

Manchester United might be in a different position today if Gary Neville’s transfer advice had been followed.

Gary Neville, who was in charge of at the time, had spotted Joao Cancelo’s talent and advised him to transfer.

Years later, the Portuguese joined local rivals and played a key role in their derby win over the Red Devils on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s team put on a show at Old Trafford over the weekend.

City scored twice through Cancelo crosses in a comfortable 2-0 victory over United on an afternoon when the scoreline could have been much worse.

Eric Bailly scored the first goal inadvertently, while lax defending allowed Bernardo Silva to coast in and score the second.

It was another pair of assists for Cancelo, who is quickly establishing himself as one of the best attacking full-backs in the world.

If Edu completes three world-class January signings, Arsenal’s XI will be terrifying.

During his time as Valencia manager in 2015 and 2016, Neville seemed to recognize his own potential.

The Manchester Evening News reported that Neville called United to tell them about a player he ‘absolutely loved.’

Both right-backs by trade, Neville and Cancelo have very different styles of play, with the latter being far more attacking, but the ex-United man could clearly see what he could offer a top team.

After a slow start, the Portuguese made a big-money move to City in 2019, and he is now virtually irreplaceable under Guardiola after a slow start.

His two assists against United came just days after he had three in a Champions League game against Club Brugge.

That’s on top of the two goals he’s already scored in Europe this season, thanks to City allowing him to fly forward and create chances from full-back.

Despite playing on the left side of the field this season, Cancelo is a natural right-sided player, which United could use given Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s recent performances.

After a poor performance on Saturday, speculation is growing that United will look to sign a new right-back in January.

Following Neville’s advice could have solved the problem years ago, as he said on his podcast: “I made calls.”

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