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Joao Cancelo ended up joining Manchester City instead of going to Manchester United.

Gary Neville has stated that Manchester United ignored his advice to pursue Joao Cancelo, allowing Manchester City to get the Portuguese star for £60 million ($81 million) due to a lack of action on the transfer front at Old Trafford.

During a brief tenure in charge of La Liga side Valencia in 2015-16, the versatile operator drew Neville's eye, with his potential obvious to everybody.

United were pushed to make a deal, but Cancelo instead joined Juventus in 2018 before heading to City a year later, where he has established himself as a vital figure in Pep Guardiola's plans.

"I had him as a very young player at Valencia but you could just see incredible quality," Neville said in a Sky Sports podcast on why Cancelo would have been a smart addition for the Red Devils.

"I made calls back to England, you can guess who club I'm referring to, [saying], 'if you'd ever take a young player, he's the one you'd take.'

"I thought he and Andre Gomes were extraordinary players who might honor the Premier League," he said. Andre's career was cut short due to serious injuries.

"However, I believe Joao Cancelo would have benefited from the schooling he received in Italy. I believe that being at Juventus in Italy toughens you up defensively.

"My main worry was whether City needed to spend £60 million on a full-back again because they already had players in those positions when they paid £60 million for him." This player's identity was clear.

"He's a freak of nature when it comes to sports. He's a fantastic runner, a gorgeous ball runner, and a challenging child all at the same time. He's big, he's brave in defense, and he has an impact on the game on both sides of the ball. He's doing exactly what I expected of him in terms of realizing his potential, which is something you don't always see in players. "As a person, I couldn't be more pleased with him."

Cancelo is up against stiff competition for a starting spot at City, and Guardiola signed him to add depth to the full-back positions.

He has demonstrated, though, that he can play in midfield and provide goals and assists from the flanks.

In 17 games this season, the 27-year-old has scored twice and set up five goals, three of which came against Club Brugge on November 3.

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