Rio Ferdinand reacts as Man Utd sign Donny van de Beek for £40m

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has lauded the potential of the club’s new signing, Donny van de Beek.

Ferdinand believes Van de Beek is a top player that will bring goals and assists for Man United.

Van de Beek, 23, became Man United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first summer signing on Wednesday, with the Red Devils agreeing on a £40million transfer deal with Ajax.

The Netherlands international, who scored 41 goals in 175 appearances for Ajax, signed a five-year deal at Old Trafford.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: “Donny van de Beek! Manchester United, the red shirt. What does he bring to this team?

“He brings goals, assists. He runs into the box, a good work ethic and an unbelievable brain.

“An Ajax guy, he knows how to play good football.

“Edwin van de Sar, my old mate, put a crying emoji on Twitter. He’s not happy! He knows his quality, and he knows his class.

“Imagine Donny alongside the likes of Bruno Fernandes. I’ve got a little stat here; in the last three seasons if you put him up against any of the midfielders in the Premier League in terms of goal involvements, where do you think he ranks? At a guess I said seventh. He is second only to Kevin de Bruyne.

“In the last three seasons, he has scored 40 goals and provided 29 assists. Only De Bruyne has more! That is unbelievable – he’s one of the best in the world so he’s sitting in good company.

“When we watched him in the Champions League, I saw an intelligent player. He gets into the box and then bangs. Ole, I’m with you on this one! Good work.”


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