Gary Neville suggests Man United should sign Watford winger as Sancho alternative

Manchester United should be moving for Watford winger Ismail Sarr if a deal for Jadon Sancho falls through, says Gary Neville. The Red Devils are keen on signing a new right winger, despite the excellent performances of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood. Jadon Sancho is United’s primary target, but could be too expensive this summer.

Borussia Dortmund is not willing to negotiate their €130m asking price for the England winger, which was confirmed by Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc on Saturday. With the arrival of Sancho at Old Trafford becoming very unlikely, Neville suggests that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be taking a look at Sarr, who is a cheaper option, particuarly if Watford are relegated from the Premier League.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Gary Neville Podcast after Watford’s defeat to West Ham on Friday, he said of Sarr: “Manchester United need a right winger. He’s 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. So yeah he’ll be sought after and Watford will, I’m sure, cash in if they get the right bid.”

Sarr is a 22-year-old right winger from Senegal, who signed for Watford last summer in a €30m move from Stade Rennes. In his first Premier League season, Sarr has played 26 games, scoring five goals and providing 5 assists. He has a contract until the summer of 2024 and Watford could ask a fee around €50 to €60m for Sarr. Despite that being a large fee, it is still less than half of what United has to pay to land Sancho.