Marcus Rashford praised Manchester United linked midfielder Kalvin Phillips as 'immense'
Manchester United have been linked with a move to sign Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips, with The MEN reporting he is high on the club’s list of targets.
Phillips would be a difficult player to sign due to the rivalry between the two clubs, and yet, mutual admiration between Manchester United’s players and himself could end up helping.
Time together on England international duty have increased the familiarity between them, and the respect for each other’s game.
Marcus Rashford was particularly impressed with Phillips after England’s 1-0 win at Euro 2020 over Croatia last summer, labelling the midfielder as ‘immense’.
Phillips provided the assist for England’s goal, completed 94 per cent of his passes, and made seven ball recoveries, holding his own against a midfield featuring Luka Modric.
Phillips praised United stars
Stepping up to England duty was an eye opener for the Leeds midfielder, who admitted to being bowled over by the quality of the players.
Speaking to England’s official YouTube channel, Phillips picked out the Three Lions’ Manchester United contingent.
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, telling the Yorkshire Evening Post: “He’s probably one of the best midfielders in the world. That was one of my toughest tests so far.”
The midfielder has since worked his way up from the Championship to the Premier League and England regular, and he fits the criteria of hungry, driven stars Manchester United may be looking to target, and he has the technical quality too.
The MEN report Phillips is a player Erik ten Hag would approve of at Manchester United and that the club are advancing with attempts to sign him.
But until the deal for the manager is completely done, there is only so far transfer deals can progress.