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Neville reveals the ‘perfect’ defender Man United shouldn’t have sold

Gary Neville believes Manchester United may have made a mistake in selling Rafael Da Silva.

The 28-year-old made over 150 appearances for United before being sold to Lyon in 2015, with a series of full-backs having failed to convince at Old Trafford in the seasons since.

Former right-back defender Neville, who was ultimately replaced by Da Silva at the club, believes the twice-capped Brazil international could have been the solution to Manchester United‘s problem position.

“I thought when I left that Rafael Da Silva was perfect as a Manchester United full-back,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“He was tenacious, aggressive, decent on the ball, and he was sold. Maybe rightly so, I’m not sure.”

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“Ashley Young is not the person to start criticising at Manchester United; he’s been asked to play right back, left back, left wing back, right wing back.

“He’s doing it brilliantly well, but he’s not a right back! I think Antonio Valencia did well for two seasons but I think he was more of a right winger.

“I don’t know why United have had such problems at right-back. You can’t keep signing full-backs for £15m.

“Over the past few years they’ve spent nearly £100m on five full-backs.

“City spent big on Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy. Maybe United would be better buying the correct full-back first time up for £40m or £50m and have them for seven years, because it’s cost them that much in the end trying different full-backs!”

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