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Speaking to The Daily Star, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed he is glad Paulo Dybala’s move to the Red Devils didn’t materialise this summer.
Reports in recent weeks had suggested Juventus were in talks with United over swapping Dybala for Romelu Lukaku, but that a deal fell through after the Red Devils failed to agree terms with the Argentine.
Now, Ferdinand has insisted Dybala’s reluctance to come to Old Trafford showed he doesn’t have the right “minerals” to be a United player.
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He said: “A lot of players have declined coming to Man Utd 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 Utd.’ Well, I’m happy he didn’t come then because you haven’t got the right minerals that I want in a Man Utd player! I want someone who wants to come and thinks: ‘Man Utd 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.”
Despite a stunning 4-0 victory over Chelsea in their opening Premier League game of the season, you can’t help shake the feeling United still lack a truly world-class attacking talent in their ranks. Whilst Ferdinand’s misgivings over Dybala are understandable, there is no doubting the Argentina international would have been a hugely exciting addition.
The 25-year-old is as high-profile as it gets, and signing him would have lifted spirits at Old Trafford. Even more so than his footballing abilities, bringing the forward in would have represented a real coup for the Red Devils. Sometimes the biggest statement you can make is off the pitch, and not on it.