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Ferdinand demands United copy Liverpool transfer approach

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes his former club must address issues in defence before signing Jadon Sancho.

Ferdinand says that has to change and has called on United to solve their problems with a top defender signing, like Liverpool did with Virgil van Dijk in 2018.

“Yeah, definitely [there are question marks in front of David de Gea],” Ferdinand said on BT Sport. “The centre-back area, first game of the season you’re looking for someone to set their stall out in defensive areas. They did anything but that.

“It was slow, it was cumbersome, and I picked out three examples for goals. I can see so many different mistakes, areas there can be improvements.

“Listen, you look at Liverpool, the best team in the land. Issues in goalkeeping areas – Alisson, big signing. Issues at centre-back? Van Dijk, bang, they deal with it.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand working for BT Sport (Image: Visionhaus)

“Manchester United have not done that. This is not an issue we’re seeing that’s just happened the other day.

“I want Jadon Sancho to come to Man United, he’s a generational talent, he’s someone who will get fans off their seats, a Man United player.

“But does he solve the fundamental problems that I see happening with this team? “Yes they had a fantastic goals-against record last season but there are moments in games, or before games even.

“Are you looking across the tunnel across that line thinking ‘I’m going to have to be at my absolute best to get a chance against this Manchester United team’? “I don’t think so – and that’s a problem for me.”

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