Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs says he advised the club to sign Gabriel Jesus and Kylian Mbappe when they were worth just £5million.
Giggs claims United’s transfer policy has seen them miss out on world class talent, including not following his reports on Jesus and Mbappe during the Welshman’s time as assistant manager under Louis van Gaal.
Gabriel Jesus is now one of the top stars across town after Manchester City plucked him from Brazilian side Palmeiras last year, while French wonderkid Mbappe is now at PSG after a £160million deal.
‘I watched Gabriel Jesus play three years ago,’ Giggs told The Times. ‘I watched Mbappé for a year. I was watching them with the scout and it was a no-brainer.
‘It was just like, “Get them.”
‘It would have been £5 million or something — get them, loan them back — and that’s where the recruitment could have been better.’
Giggs also took aim at former boss Louis van Gaal for letting players like Rafael da Silva, Danny Welbeck and Jonny Evans leave – players the club’s all-time record appearance maker says are ‘United through and through’.
And when Van Gaal got sacked after winning the FA Cup in 2016, Giggs felt he was a contender for Old Trafford’s top job, but knew his days were numbered under Jose Mourinho.
‘I thought I was in with a shout, but the club were in a difficult situation. They had fallen down the pecking order,’ Giggs said.
‘They went for a winner, in José, a win-at-all-costs type of manager.
‘Is José a typical Manchester United manager? Probably not, but United were in a situation of “How quickly can we get back to the top?”
‘I totally understand that. I just felt I could have brought continuity. I knew the players. I know what a Manchester United player looks like.’