Rio Ferdinand has told Jadon Sancho that he must put all his ‘energy and focus’ into being a success at Manchester United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men agreed a deal to sign the Borussia Dortmund attacker.
The 22-year-old is poised to undergo a medical at Old Trafford after Dortmund accepted a £73million bid from the Premier League giants. The switch comes as United have finally ended a two-year race to land the player, who is currently with England preparing for a Euro 2020 quarter-final clash with Ukraine in Rome.
The winger, who has hardly featured in the tournament so far, has made a huge name for himself in Germany. He originally moved to the Bundesliga in 2017 after failing to make the breakthrough at Manchester City,
And asked if he had a message for Sancho ahead of his move, Ferdinand told the FIVE YouTube channel: “I don’t need to tell him this because he loves his football. But work hard and make sure everything you do is about being a success at Manchester United and being the best you can be.
“Don’t let nothing sidetrack you. Be yourself, entertain and the end product is what you’re about. Bring that to the table.
“The energy and the focus should be solely on football. Just immerse yourself in everything about the club, man.
“This boy, just look at his stats, they don’t lie. In terms of goal involvements he was the second most over three seasons – that’s a fact.
“He’s got to convert that to the Premier League which is difficult, we’ve seen that. But listen, I believe in Jadon Sancho man.
“Since he was a kid, he’s had hot press, hot expectations. He had the bravery to leave Man City and go abroad. Personality, character.”
Asked what Sancho will bring to Solskjaer’s side, Ferdinand added: “On the right-hand side and the left-hand side, we haven’t got a winger who goes on the outside and can cross the ball. That’s what you need.
“He can play on the right or the left, he plays with both feet. On that right-wing, as well as Mason [Greenwood] has done and I’m a massive fan of his, this is Manchester United, who are always associated with wingers.
“At any of our most successful times, there’s been wide players who can cross the ball. For a full-back, it’s terrible news!”
United looking at Trippier alternative
Meanwhile, Manchester United and Arsenal are reportedly looking at Rangers skipper James Tavernier and could make a summer move.
Bradford-born Tavernier had a season to remember for the Gers helping them win their first SPFL title for 10 years. The 29-year-old right-back was a big part of that title success with 46 appearances in all competitions.
His attacking exploits also saw him bag 19 goals, 10 of which were penalties. He also grabbed an amazing 16 assists.
Those figures have been divulged by a number of clubs and 90min claim United, Arsenal, Brighton and Norwich are “taking an interest” in the player.