That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claimed that the England star will snub a move to Old Trafford this summer out of loyalty for his boyhood club, with the two teams sharing a fierce rivalry.
However, the Whites will listen to offers in the region of £60m for the 26-year-old.
Although the new Manchester United boss has stated that he wants to be left alone by club officials until he takes up his new role in the summer, with his current club Ajax still in the hunt for the Eredivisie title, he will certainly be furious to hear of Phillips’ snub.
The 52-year-old is set to lead a major squad overhaul this summer as part of a serious rebuilding job required at Old Trafford, with numerous players set to leave.
It has already been made clear that the likes of Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata will depart the Red Devils, and plenty more could follow suit.
Therefore, new recruits are vital, and Phillips would certainly have been an excellent addition to the Manchester United squad, with the midfielder now an England regular and a kingpin for Leeds.
In fact, the 26-year-old was named men’s senior England player of the year for 2021 after a breakthrough year which saw him become a key cog in the Three Lions’ run to the final of the European Championships last summer.
However, this season will have certainly been a frustrating one for the midfielder, who has been limited to just 15 Premier League appearances due to a hamstring injury keeping him out of action for almost four months.
Whilst Phillips was on the sidelines, fan favourite Marcelo Bielsa was sacked as Leeds manager with the Yorkshire club’s top-flight status in serious jeopardy, with American coach Jesse Marsch coming in and subsequently steadying the ship at Elland Road.
Whether or not the England midfielder – who was labelled a “baller” by Nigel de Jong – will want to be a part of the 48-year-old’s long-term plans in Yorkshire next season is still to be learned.
What does seem certain, though, is that Phillips’ rejection of Manchester United will leave Ten Hag furious ahead of taking the reins at Old Trafford.