Manchester United have been forced into signing Alexis Sanchez “because of the form of Liverpool in particular,” according to TV pundit Phil Neville.
Sanchez is closing in on a move to Old Trafford, as was confirmed by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on Thursday.
It is thought that Jose Mourinho is desperately trying to bolster his squad to try and overhaul Man City’s 12-point gap at the top of the Premier League.
But Neville believes his former club are instead trying to keep distance between themselves and third-placed Liverpool, who are just three points behind after a superb run of form.
“I would have thought maybe a month ago Alexis Sanchez wouldn’t have come on the radar,” Neville told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“All of a sudden, every now and again there comes a signing that you have to make, or if he’s available you have to try and make.
“Sanchez, because of the form of Liverpool in particular… I think it’s maybe hurried up the need for someone to come in and, not secure United’s second place, but actually give them a massive, massive boost.
“I think United will finish in the top four and in second place but the form of Liverpool must be a worry because they’re playing unbelievable at this moment in time.
“And the Sanchez deal, I think not only does it lift Manchester United, I think maybe taking him off City gives them a little bit of a boost as well.”