‘We’re being sabotaged’ – Man Utd fans react to Phillips to Man City

Robin Bairner
Robin Bairner Updated: 24 Jun 2022 22:25 BST 6 min read
Kalvin Phillips, Leeds, 2021/22

Manchester City are ready to complete a £45 million transfer for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips and Manchester United fans are not happy about it.

Widespread reports suggest that City have effectively completed a deal for the England star, which will make him their third summer signing following Julian Alvarez of River Plate and Borussia Dortmund hitman Erling Haaland.

The Athletic reports that they will pay £42m up front for the 26-year-old with another £3m following in bonuses.

For an England international with more than a year to run on his contract, City have captured Phillips at a bargain price.

This has served only to infuriate Man Utd supporters. Not only did their club have an interest in the midfielder, although Leeds’ historic rivalry with the Red Devils always made a deal complicated, but they have also thus far been unable to add a single player to their squad this summer. This is despite the need for a dramatic overhaul.

Furthermore, the news broke on the day that it was announced that Man Utd’s directors were to pay themselves a dividend payment of £11m after the club’s worst-ever Premier League showing in many regards.

Here’s a selection of how fans reacted on social media.

Man Utd fans want change

Leeds fans fume

Man Utd’s supporters weren’t the only ones angered by this deal, however. Leeds fans have been left furious by the relatively small return they have received.

Phillips is expected to complete his transfer to Man City imminently.

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