Rio Ferdinand explains why he was relieved Man Utd didn’t sign Juventus star this summer

Rio Ferdinand says he is happy that Manchester United didn’t complete their move for Paulo Dybala this summer.

It had looked like the Argentine international could join the Reds in a potential swap deal with Romelu Lukaku, but the switch didn’t materialise.

According to the Telegraph, United eventually pulled the plug on the deal for the Juventus forward as they had reservations about his desire to move to Old Trafford.

There were also concerns about Dybala’s excessive wage demands and that his heart wasn’t really in a move to Manchester.

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United legend Ferdinand was surprised Dybala wasn’t convinced to join the Reds but is now relieved at his decision.

“A lot of players have declined coming to Man United in recent years. They’ve chosen somewhere else,” Ferdinand told the Daily Star as quoted by Football365.

“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 United.’

“Well, I’m happy he didn’t come then, because you haven’t got the right minerals that I want in a Man United player!”

In truth, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are still light in attacking options as they did not find a replacement for Lukaku, which Dybala could have been.

However, as Ferdinand notes, the Reds have to sign players that want to be there for the right reasons and that was clearly not the case with Dybala, so United were right to opt out of the deal.

What has been evident in Solskjaer’s three summer signings – Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Daniel James, is that they are all thrilled to be at the club which is refreshing to see.

All of Solskjaer’s additions made key contributions as the Reds demolished Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford yesterday.

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