Phil Neville reveals Manchester United wanted to sign Blaise Matuidi

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Former Manchester United first team coach Phil Neville has revealed that the club wanted to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

When David Moyes was appointed Manchester United manager, he brought former Red Devils defender Phil Neville back to Old Trafford.

The two worked together at Everton, and Neville was back with United as first team coach - but lasted just one season before leaving the club following Louis van Gaal's arrival as new manager last summer.

Now working as a pundit for the BBC, Neville spoke to BBC 5 Live after Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain - and revealed how he and Moyes wanted to bring PSG star Blaise Matuidi to Old Trafford.

"We wanted to sign him," said Neville. "We'd heard his contract was running out and we were really interested in him. Then he signed a contact with Paris St Germain."

"We were looking at it at Man Utd last year to inject a little bit of energy. He runs from box to box and he carried the team forward simply through his energy on that left channel," he added.

Matuidi was superb in that draw against Chelsea, and provided the cross from the left hand side for Edinson Cavani to head home the second half equaliser.

The 27-year-old is known for being one of the top box-to-box midfielders in world football, and could have been available on a free transfer last summer, but decided to extend his contract at the Parc des Princes back in February 2014.

When it comes to French international midfielders, United fans would much rather bring Paul Pogba back to the club - but their lacklustre midfield could have been given an injection of energy had they been able to land Matuidi. 

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