Gary Neville names one current Man City player he’d like to play alongside that Man Utd should have signed

The former Manchester United defender feels the Red Devils missed a trick by not signing up Phil Foden.

Gary Neville has selected Phil Foden as the one current player from Manchester City he’d like to play alongside.

The ex-Manchester United defender was speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football when he opined that his former club missed a trick not signing Foden as a teenager, although he referenced the boyhood City fan has been on the Blues’ books since a young age.

Asked which current players in the Premier League he would have enjoyed sharing a pitch with, Neville initially selected Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk from a defensive standpoint, before choosing an offensive player.

“I think from an attacking point of view it would be a young English player. I always look at Phil Foden and think ‘How have United not got him as a youngster?’,” the Salford City owner said.

“You look at Foden and think that’s the type of player who you’d think ‘what a player he is, he’ll be around a long time’. So I’ll say Foden.”

At just 22, Foden has already played 172 times for City and has registered 46 goals and 34 assists.


Phil Foden scored in the weekend win over Bournemouth. Credit: Getty.

He’s also won almost every trophy available at club level, lifting four Premier League titles, the League on four occasions, and an FA Cup in 2019. However, the one piece of silverware which has eluded Foden is the Champions League.

City’s No.47 has also earned 16 England caps to date, a figure which could increase significantly before the end of 2022.

Foden has begun this season playing in the wide areas, rather than in the central positions he can also occupy. He started from the right wing against West Ham Unted on the opening weekend of the new season, but operated from the left in the victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.