Phillips is one of the midfielders Manchester United are looking at and the club are reportedly working on a deal to take him to Old Trafford.


Such a move is likely to spark huge controversy given the rivalry between the two teams and the midfielder’s deep-rooted connections with Leeds, the club and the city.



Ferdinand took the same route when he left Leeds to join Manchester United in the early 2000s, but he conceded that he just does not see Phillips leaving Leeds for Old Trafford.


The former defender stressed that his situation was different as he was not as connected to the city as Phillips is and it would be a major surprise if the move happens this summer.



Ferdinand said on his YouTube channel Five: “I don’t think Kalvin Phillip is a name that should be associated with Man United.


“I think he is a Leeds boy, the rivalry between the fans, his family all live there.



“It was different to when I left and went to Man United, I had no family in Leeds other than my cousin.


“I don’t see Kalvin Phillips going to Man United.


“If he does it would be the biggest surprise for me.”


Leeds are hoping to see Phillips sign a new contract in the summer but he is almost certain to leave if they are relegated from the Premier League this season.