I had advised United to sign Jesus and Mbappe: Ryan Giggs

Updated: Dec 23, 2017, 15:02 IST | AFP

Ryan Giggs says he advised Manchester United to sign Gabriel Jesus and Kylian Mbappe before they became stars and believes the club are paying the price for an inconsistent transfer policy

Ryan Giggs says he advised Manchester United to sign Gabriel Jesus and Kylian Mbappe before they became stars and believes the club are paying the price for an inconsistent transfer policy. The United legend joined the club's backroom staff when his stellar playing career ended in 2014, serving as Louis van Gaal's assistant after spending a year as player-coach under David Moyes.

Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs

And Giggs, who watched Brazilian striker Jesus and France forward Mbappe with a scout during that time, believes the club's recruitment “could have been better”.

“I watched Gabriel Jesus play three years ago,” he told Britain's Times newspaper.

“I watched Mbappe 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 (R42 crore) or something -- get them, loan them back -- and that's where the recruitment could have been better.”

Jesus joined Manchester City for a reported £27 million (R231 crore) in January while Mbappe swapped Monaco for Paris Saint-Germain this summer, initially on loan but with an option to make the move permanent next summer for a fee of around £166 million (R1422 crore).

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