Manchester United have been told they need to carefully select which of their transfer targets they should make a move for this summer, and only sign players who prioritise playing for the club over the amount of money they will make. Former United defender Rafael believes if players are just coming for the money, the club should look elsewhere.
United are in for a busy summer transfer window, having been linked with a host of names.
Jadon Sancho is expected to be the club’s first signing of the window, while Jack Grealish looks set to follow.
The club will apparently fork out upwards of £160million for the pair, though they have apparently pulled out of the race to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham.
And ex-United player Rafael has urged the club to pick and choose who they buy in the summer, because the club needs to ensure any potential incoming players care more about the badge on the front of the shirt than the name on the back.
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He explained on ESPN FC that he believes the club needs to be clever in the transfer market, while singing the praises of both Kane and Sancho.
“Firstly, they should sign the player who wants to play for Manchester United. You have to be clever, and you have to see that the player wants to play for Manchester United,” he said.
“Not just ‘well, United will pay me £150million’, you have to be very clever on that front.
“For me, Harry Kane is a goalscorer, and Sancho is very, very good.
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“But, first, you have to see the character of the player and see that they really want to do good for United. If they are just coming for the money… [don’t sign them].
Rafael then turned his attentions to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was the club’s reserve team manager during the right-back’s time at United.
The Brazilian gave his verdict on the Norwegian boss, saying he is the type of manager United need because he cares about the team’s interests over his own.
“I just love Ole, you know? I love the person he is, I love the manager he is,” he said. “I know some fans of Manchester United might not agree with me.
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“I think already he’s helping out at Manchester United. You see the players, how they are and how they play, it’s nice to see.
“I like to see them play now, I see their heart on the pitch. I see them trying to win every time.
“There’s a lot of things to do still, but he’s going the right way. He loves Manchester United, and he’ll do everything he can to help the club.
“I think Ole is the guy who will think of Manchester United before himself, that’s important.
“A lot of coaches they’re never going to do that, they’ll think about themselves and then the club. Ole isn’t going to do that.”
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