Rio Ferdinand reacts to Manchester United signing Donny van de Beek

Rio Ferdinand reacts to Manchester United signing Donny van de Beek


Rio Ferdinand has rated Manchester United’s £40m transfer deal for Donny van de Beek (Picture: YouTube / Getty)

Rio Ferdinand has hailed the potential of new Manchester United signing Donny van de Beek.

Netherlands international Van de Beek became Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first summer signing on Wednesday, with Manchester United agreeing a £40m transfer deal with Ajax.

The 23-year-old, who scored 41 goals in 175 appearances for Ajax, has signed a five-year deal at Old Trafford.

Ferdinand believes Van de Beek is a top player and has praised Manchester United for adding him to Solskjaer’s squad.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, the Red Devils legend 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, 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’s second only to Kevin de Bruyne.

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

‘Will it happen immediately? Time will tell. But what we do know is that Manchester United are getting a good player, a solid player, who understands the game.

‘When we watched him in the Champions League, I saw an intelligent player. He gets into the box and then, bang.

‘Ole, I’m with you on this one! Good work.’

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