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England's Jordan Pickford.

Gary Neville says Jordan Pickford would not be the right signing for Man Utd

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It's been quite a year for Everton and England's number one goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

After excelling with the Toffees in the 2017/18 season, Gareth Southgate made the former Sunderland shot-stopper his number one for the World Cup.

Pickford repaid the prestigious honour with an array of stunning performances, his most memorable coming in the last-16 game against Colombia.

His penalty save from Carlos Bacca will be an iconic England moment for decades to come.

He enjoyed another top performance for the Three Lions in the 2-1 win against Croatia at Wembley.

So it was no surprise to see reports coming from The Sun last night linking Pickford with a £60m move to Manchester United as a potential David De Gea replacement.

However, United legend Gary Neville gave a surprising reaction to the reports in the Sky Sports studio before the Croatia game.

Neville said: "I thought he was a risk before the World Cup. "It was one of the points I was most nervous about.

"I actually think international football suits him a lot in the sense of the way the team play.

Pickford in action vs Croatia

"I think the fact you get more time to play out a the back than you normally would in the Premier League.

"I think he’s suited to international football. I was nervous about him before the World Cup but he’s winning me over slowly."

Neville then handed United some advice about finding De Gea's replacement.

He added: "He’s not my idea of what a goalkeeper would be. I always though a keeper should be dominant.

Pickford with Everton

"There are so many keepers now of his ilk and his stature and his ability in terms of agility that you have to change with the times.

"I was always of the Peter Schmeichel, the big presence. He [Pickford] doesn’t look huge in goal but is agile and does make great saves.

"He doesn’t look huge in the goal. He makes great saves."

Seems like Neville wants his beloved club to look elsewhere.

Topics:
Gary Neville
Football
Gareth Southgate
Jordan Pickford
England Football
Premier League
David De Gea
Manchester United
Everton

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