Rio Ferdinand says Man Utd “missed a trick” not trying to sign Jadon Sancho sooner as he heaps praise on the Borussia Dortmund winger.
The England international is expected to complete a move to Old Trafford this summer after the Red Devils failed to land him last summer.
Man Utd were interested in bringing Sancho back to Manchester but they weren’t willing to meet Dortmund’s valuation of the player.
Sancho went on to have another brilliant season at Westfalenstadion, scoring 16 goals and contributing another 14 assists in all competitions.
And Man Utd are back in for him this summer with the latest report claiming the Premier League outfit are ‘still €12m plus €5m in bonuses short of Dortmund’s demands.’
However, it is believed that Man Utd executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward – who will leave Old Trafford at the end of the year – ‘is willing to pay for the attacking star’.
And Ferdinand is excited about the possibility of Sancho coming back to England and has given the Dortmund winger “credit” for making the “big decision” to move to Germany when he was younger.
“I’ve known Jadon through friends of mine, I’ve known his family for a long time and there was always this buzz around him,” Ferdinand told the Sunday World.
“Who is this Sancho kid? It’s a question I was asking my friends in that part of London a few years back and when a special player comes through, word gets out there.
“I remember when he went to Man City, I wondered whether Manchester United had missed a trick by not trying to get him, but the jump from kids football to the next level is not easy and he found that.
“What I liked about his decision to go to Dortmund was the kid was ready to take himself out of his comfort zone.
“At 17, it would have been easy to stay at City or go to a club somewhere else in England, but he had the mentality to leave Man City and try and better himself. He backed himself to succeed in Germany, and it was a big decision for a kid of his age.
“Now we are seeing what Jadon Sancho is all about. He didn’t want to wait to see if he’d get into the City team. He felt he was ready to play at the top level and he went to Germany, so credit to him for taking the step and credit again for making a success of it.”