Man Utd urged to sign World-Class No.6 playmaker

Manchester United icon Gary Neville has explained why his former club would benefit from signing Thiago Alcantara.

The future of the Bayern Munich star continues to be the subject of speculation, with rivals Liverpool keen on signing him.

United have been linked too in the latest weeks, with Liverpool apparently stalling over the transfer sum for the Spain international, though MEN Sport understands that Alcantara is not a priority target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United are blessed with solid midfield variants, with Fred, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and new signing Donny van de Beek all on the books.

However, Gary believes that Thiago would still be a worthwhile signing and he can not understand why they don’t appear to be in for the Spain international.

“United weren’t really strongly linked with him and I can see why with Pogba and Fernandes. But watching him play in a two-man midfield for Bayern Munich I don’t think he needs to play in a forward role,” Gary told 90min.

“I think he can play deeper and United’s players in that position – Fred, [Scott] McTominay, [Nemanja] Matic – have all done okay.

“But if [Thiago] was there… I think he’s clever enough to intercept, read the game and do the things that a holding midfielder can.

“You don’t need to be six feet tall, tackle and quick to play in that position anymore. You just need to be intelligent and understand the game, and he’s got that in abundance.

“I don’t know why United wouldn’t try and get him, particularly if he was going to Liverpool because it would strengthen them.”