One factor that may weigh in United’s favour in their pursuit of Phillips is playing time. Manchester City have a settled midfield and ahead of the World Cup, the 26-year-old may prefer more guaranteed game-time at Old Trafford.
Former City defender Danny Mills made the same warning to Phillips. “He doesn’t walk into their team,” Mills told talkSPORT. “If he goes there and you pick your best 11, he doesn’t get into it, he would be in the top 13 or 14. Joining a club like Manchester City, where you must win every game, I think he would be a squad player.
“I think if he goes to Manchester City he becomes another squad player, he will probably play 20-or-so games. He is not of Rodri’s standard yet, Rodri is different class.”
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