MANCHESTER UNITED have been urged to target Watford’s “big talent” Ismaila Sarr instead of Jadon Sancho by Gary Neville.
United have long been linked with a summer swoop for £109million-rated Borussia Dortmund star.
But the Bundesliga side are in no rush to sell Sancho, with his contract not expiring until 2022 – and are holding out for their full asking price – despite the financial impact of coronavirus.
And Old Trafford legend Neville reckons the club can save a few quid by moving their attention to Sarr, 22, after a string of impressive performances this season.
Speaking on his Sky Sports podcast after he starred in the loss to West Ham, Neville said: “Manchester United need a right winger.
“[Sarr] is 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.
“He’ll be sought after and Watford will, I’m sure, cash in if they get the right bid.”
Former full-back 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.”
Sarr is under contract at Vicarage Road until the end of the 2023-24 season.
Watford made the winger their club-record buy last summer in a £25m swoop after being locked in a bidding war with Ligue 1 side Rennes.
Sarr has scored five goals and added a further five assists for Watford this term – and starred in the shock 3-0 win over previously undefeated Liverpool, netting twice.