Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has criticized his former club for the sale of Danny Welbeck to rivals Arsenal for a reported £16 million. The transfer took place on deadline day when Arsenal swooped in for the young English international while Man United made a loan deal for Colombian striker Falcao.
Rio Ferdinand had recently been allowed to leave the Old Trafford club on a free transfer to join Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers earlier this summer. Ferdinand was astonished that Man United would consider such a ‘mad’ deal.
I cannot believe United let Danny go, especially to Arsenal, That seems mad to me. He’s a real threat to defenders and, if Arsenal use him right, he will be very dangerous for them. That will be good news for England, too, because if he is playing regularly that has to benefit the national team. Danny has everything to be a top player. English football has yet to see what he can really do because he hasn’t been getting a run of games.
Ferdinand was also complimentary to Arsenal’s forward line comparing it to the famous Jamaican Olympic sprint team.
“At Arsenal he will be the main man and I have no doubt he will flourish. Imagine the pace Arsenal will have when everyone is fit. There will be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with three fliers in front of him in Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Danny. I’m telling you they would give Usain Bolt’s Jamaican 4x100m team a run for their money”.
Recently Rio had backed his former club to reclaim top spot in England. Ferdinand said, “I’m backing Manchester United to win the league.” “Manchester United will win because they have a good manager. Wayne Rooney is a good choice as captain. This is his 10th year and he will be top scorer in the League this season.”
However, despite the Manchester club splashing the cash during the transfer window, they have failed to win any of their league matches, drawing two and losing at home to Swansea City. They were also embarrassed by league one outfit MK Dons, losing 4-0 in the Capital One cup.
Rio Ferdinand made the decision to bring the curtain down on his Manchester United career after 12 successful years at Old Trafford. Ferdinand made 455 appearances for the Reds, scoring eight goals. Ferdinand won six Premier League titles, two League Cups, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World
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