United have also been linked with Phillips’ England midfield partner Declan Rice, however, ESPN reported Old Trafford chiefs have begun to have doubts over the West Ham star.
It is understood United scouts have doubts about Rice’s speed with and without the ball, especially as he is believed to be valued at around £80m by West Ham.
Solskjaer has fielded defensive midfield duo Scott McTominay and Fred multiple times this season, but it is felt the Norwegian boss only wants to play with one defensive midfielder.
Phillips would have fit the mould perfectly as he tends to feature as a sole ‘No.6’ midfielder for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Unfortunately for the Reds, any hope of a potential £60m move looks to be over amid Sharp’s quotes.