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Paulo Dybala ‘did not have the minerals’ to become a Manchester United player, says Rio Ferdinand


Rio Ferdinand is ‘happy’ that Paulo Dybala turned down a move to Manchester United, believing he ‘didn’t have the minerals’ to play for the club.

It is understood the Red Devils withdrew their interest in Dybala due to the striker’s lack of desire to move to Old Trafford and his enormous wage demands.

Dybala decided against a move to Man United
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And despite late interest from Tottenham, the Argentine forward was eventually kept by Juventus, who decided not to sell the 25-year-old without finding a suitable replacement.

The former United defender, now a BT Sport pundit, told the Daily Star: “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.

“Ole has gone with younger players. James and Wan-Bissaka are two young, young, young players with huge potential. They’re projects.

“Wan-Bissaka a little bit less because he’s played in the Premier League, but James is a nice project for the long-term because he has that youth, that pace that can excite people.

“If he can work on that on the training field, give him a few games, then hopefully he can keep on flourishing.”

Ferdinand continued to suggest that Solskjaer’s predecessor Jose Mourinho had a very different stance in the transfer market compared to the Norwegian.

Ferdinand believes Dybala wasn’t the right fit for United

“Jose Mourinho didn’t say: ‘I’m going to go down that route’. He might have wanted Harry Maguire, but he’s still 25. We’re talking young English players. He bought Matic, Fred, established players” Ferdinand continued.

“I just hope Ole gets the time and the team shows some signs early on this season that they are going in the right direction.

“United fans are loyal fans and understanding fans. If they see an idea that is being nurtured in the right direction for the future of the club, they’ll get behind it. It’s important they see that early.”


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