Ferdinand welcomes De Jong transfer

Man United legend Rio Ferdinand has praised the imminent signing of Frenkie de Jong.

Ferdinand, 43, insists the Barcelona man would tick the necessary boxes.

He told Vibe with Five: “I’ve always thought he was a top player.

“I watched him closely in the Champions League semi-final year, I got to see a lot of him as part of the BT team.

“They’re saying Frenkie de Jong could be the first player to come in under Erik ten Hag and I would be saying ‘yes, great signing’.

“He’s not huge in terms of frame but he is quick with the ball, really good dribbler, can get out of tight situations, makes good decisions, good passer, his balance and dribbling ability are really good.

“(United) are a team who are looking for players who can control the ball and control the game and get the team functioning in terms of balance and possession, I think he would be a good addition.

“He’s not a player who scores loads of goals like Bruno Fernandes, but he’s more about dictating the game.”

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