Rumour: Man Utd dealt fresh Watford winger transfer blow after failed summer move

Manchester United tried to complete the signing of Watford winger last summer but were unable to reach an agreement, who have greatly benefitted from the Senegal international’s presence since their relegation.

Sarr has chipped in with nine goals and nine assists from 34 appearances in the Championship this season, helping the Hornets to pull away from third-placed Brentford.

Despite the speculation surrounding his immediate future, Sarr has reaffirmed his commitment to his current employers, claiming that he is blocking out the noise in order to help Watford secure an immediate top-flight return.

In an interview, he told the Watford Observer: “I think they are just rumours because I’m enjoying it here,”

“I still have three years on my contract, and I’m focused on Watford and I want to stay.”

Former Man United technical director Filippo Giraldi suggested last week that Sarr would be a shrewd addition to Solskjaer’s ranks as he possesses the influential ability to turn matches upside down with his electric pace and creative know-how with the ball at his feet.

Giraldi told the Here We Go Podcast: “I think for Watford, in the condition they are at the moment, it’s luck he stayed,”

“I love Ismaila because he has the ability to affect the game every time he plays, and that’s quite rare.

“You see fast wingers becoming more and more important in physical leagues like the Premier League.

“I remember last year against Manchester United and Liverpool, he was the one with Gerard Deulofeu on the other side affecting the game and deciding the game every time.

“This type of player are players you have to try to maximise and protect them as much as you can. On the other side, I think you cannot normalise them.

“You have to put the team in a tactical situation where their quality has to shine. Because they’re in a club like Watford, you don’t have four or five players who can decide the game, you have one, two or three players.

“It’s like for example, if you have [Jack] Grealish, you have to put the team in a condition where Grealish can affect the game. With Ismaila it’s the same.”

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