Man Utd hero Rio Ferdinand wrong on Jadon Sancho transfer as Chelsea and Man City prove

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho but over the weekend Rio Ferdinand insisted the Red Devils must sign a central defender before the transfer deadline closes.

Crystal Palace beat United comfortably in their opening Premier League match of the new season with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof blamed for the goals.

And Ferdinand believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward must act by bringing in a centre-back.

He said on BT Sport: “Yeah, definitely [there are question marks in front of David de Gea].

“The centre-back area, first game of the season you’re looking for someone to set their stall out in defensive areas. They did anything but that.

“It was slow, it was cumbersome, and I picked out three examples for goals. I can see so many different mistakes, areas there can be improvements.

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“Listen, you look at Liverpool, the best team in the land. Issues in goalkeeping areas – Alisson, big signing. Issues at centre-back? [Virgil] van Dijk, bang, they deal with it.

“Manchester United have not done that. This is not an issue we’re seeing that’s just happened the other day.

“I want Jadon Sancho to come to Man United, he’s a generational talent, he’s someone who will get fans off their seats, a Man United player.

“But does he solve the fundamental problems that I see happening with this team?

“Yes they had a fantastic goals-against record last season but there are moments in games, or before games even.

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“Are you looking across the tunnel across that line thinking ‘I’m going to have to be at my absolute best to get a chance against this Manchester United team?’

“I don’t think so – and that’s a problem for me.”

However, simply put, there is a lack of quality centre-backs in world football.

The one standout name is Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly but it appears he is going nowhere before Monday’s transfer deadline, with the Serie A giants demanding mega-money to part with their defensive lynchpin.

You can also look at Manchester City and Chelsea in the new signings they have brought in.

Thiago Silva made his first start for the Blues at the weekend in a 3-3 draw with West Brom but toiled, enduring a horror afternoon in the midlands.

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And Nathan Ake played for City as they were hammered 5-2 by Leicester yesterday, struggling to contain the energetic Jamie Vardy.

It is all well and good saying United need to sign a central defender and there are errors which have been correctly highlighted.

Yet the fact remains that only Liverpool and City conceded fewer than the 36 goals shipped by Solskjaer’s side last season.

Liverpool had the best record and only let in three less despite the praise the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson have received.

As well as a lack of viable options, United remain convinced that Eric Bailly can be a first-team starter if he stays injury-free.

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Axel Tuanzebe is also rated highly at Old Trafford and will be given opportunities this season.

The disparity in goals scored was far more notable.

United managed just 66 goals in the Premier League last season with Liverpool converting 85 times and City scoring 102 times.

Sancho would be the perfect signing to increase the output this season and help the Red Devils take a step closer to their rivals.

United return to Carabao Cup action on Wednesday when they take on Brighton.

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