Rio Ferdinand says he is happy that Paulo Dybala didn’t join Manchester United this summer as the Argentine forward does not have the right “minerals” to play for the club.
Dybala and United had been in talks this summer over a potential deal that would have involved Romelu Lukaku heading to Juventus in the other direction. But the move didn’t materialise for reasons including the player’s desire to stay in Italy and his wage demands. Lukaku moved to Inter Milan instead.
And speaking after a thumping 4-0 United win over Chelsea in which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s three summer signings all impressed, Ferdinand believes the Reds have got things right with their transfer policy.
“A lot of players have declined coming to Man United in recent years. They’ve chosen somewhere else,” he told the Daily Star.
“But I don’t know how Dybala had the audacity to turn them down when he’s on the bench at Juventus. He needs to start playing some football.
“Maybe he’s thinking: ‘I want to be Champions League or I’ll sit on the bench. I’d rather do that than play at Man United.’
“Well, I’m happy he didn’t come then, because you haven’t got the right minerals that I want in a Man United player!”
New signings Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James were all among the players to star in United’s thrilling opening day victory, with the latter scoring the fourth and final goal, while Maguire won Man Of The Match.
Ferdinand says Solskjaer’s preference for young players with hunger to improve will pay off as United seek to return to their former glories.
He added: “I want someone who wants to come and thinks: ‘Man United need to get back to being a top team, I want to be the catalyst’. That’s the type of person you want to come through the door.
“Ole has gone with younger players. James and Wan-Bissaka are two young, young, young players with huge potential. They’re projects.”