Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has slammed Juventus’ Paulo Dybala for turning down a move to Old Trafford to warm the bench in most of the Bianconeri’s fixtures this season with Maurizio Sarri not thought to have the Argentine in his plans.
Dybala, 25, was subject to a possible swap deal between United and Juventus that would have seen Romelu Lukaku go the other way. However, the club couldn’t reach an agreement with the attacking midfielder and in turn, Lukaku went on to join Antonio Conte’s Inter side.
The decision has seen Ferdinand question Dybala’s audacity whilst also revealing he’s happy the club didn’t complete the signing, telling StarSport: “A lot of players have declined coming to Manchester 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 in the Champions League or I’ll sit on the bench. I’d rather do that than play at United’. Well, I’m happy he didn’t come then because you haven’t got the right minerals that I want in a Manchester United player. I want someone who wants to come and thinks: ‘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 Solskjær] 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,” Ferdinand added.
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