Contrast to popular opinion, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes the club made the right choice by failing to sign Juventus star Paulo Dybala.
According to the defender, Dybala lacks “the right minerals” to succeed at Old Trafford. And is happy to see the potential deal break down before deadline day.
The race for Paulo Dybala was between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. However, the deal to Mauricio Pochettino’s side broke down due to image rights, as the Argentine reportedly snubbed the opportunity to sign for United prior to talks with the white Lily’s.
Ferdinand believes it’s a good thing Paulo Dybala snubbed Manchester United. Suggesting the red devils avoided a potential disaster by not signing the south American.
“A lot of players have declined coming to Man United in recent years. They’ve chosen somewhere else.
“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!
“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 [Gunnar Solskjaer] has gone with younger players. [Daniel] James and [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka are two young, young, young players with huge potential. They’re projects.
“Wan-Bissaka a little bit less because he’s played in the Premier League, but James is a nice project for the long-term because he has that youth, that pace that can excite people.
“If he can work on that on the training field, give him a few games, then hopefully he can keep on flourishing.
“Jose Mourinho didn’t say: ‘I’m going to go down that route’. He might have wanted Harry Maguire, but he’s still 26. We’re talking young English players. He bought [Nemanja] Matic, Fred, established players.
“I just hope Ole gets the time and the team shows some signs early on this season that they are going in the right direction.
“United fans are loyal fans and understanding fans. If they see an idea that is being nurtured in the right direction for the future of the club, they’ll get behind it. It’s important they see that early.”