Rio Ferdinand: I wanted Toby Alderweireld at Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand: I wanted Toby Alderweireld at Manchester United

Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand has revealed who he wanted the club to sign this summer, dropping Toby Alderweireld’s name as his first choice.

The Belgian was believed to be Jose Mourinho’s first choice signing in the centre-back position too but unfortunately nothing materialised.

There were different claims for why that was the case such as United’s reluctance to cough up the £75m Tottenham Hotspurs wanted while others stated the London club were refusing to seriously negotiate.

Nonetheless, Mourinho didn’t end up getting any centre-back signings let alone Alderweireld so there may still be a chance the transfer will happen in January.

Ferdinand though admitted he thought the move was on for sure and explained just why it should’ve happened.

According to Manchester Evening News, Rio said to BT Sport: “I was in favour of bringing Toby Alderweireld from Spurs.

“When playing regularly, I think he’s within the top two or three centre-halfs in the country, in this league.

“I think he’s a fantastic player, he proved it again at the World Cup after not playing so many games last season.

“I thought he was a definite, he would have been my go-to choice to be honest.”

Toby was also the first choice of many supporters who either spoke out on social media or voted through various polls.

Leicester’s Harry Maguire was the second choice for fans but they recognised the Tottenham star’s experience and leadership as more important.

Alderweireld is also a proven top player while the Englishman still needs to take the next step before being counted amongst the best in the league.

Either way, it’s now an opportunity for Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly to step up to the plate and show Jose he doesn’t need to invest in anyone else.

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