Man United 25-year-old big-name target slammed for rejecting Old Trafford move

Rio Ferdinand admits he’s ‘happy’ Paulo Dybala did not end up at Old Trafford as he does not have the ‘right minerals’ to play for Manchester United.

Juventus were ready to let Dybala leave in a part-exchange deal for Romelu Lukaku in the summer, but United pulled out of the move, predominately due to the forward’s apparent reservations about joining the Red Devils.

Dybala wanted to be at a club competing for major honours and was not enthused by the prospect of playing Europa League football.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was looking to sign players completely committed to the United cause, meaning Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire were the only new arrivals.

Reports suggest Dybala could now be heading to Paris Saint-Germain, with the Argentinian’s agent in discussions with Juventus officials on Monday over a switch to the French capital.

Asked about United’s failed move for Dybala, Ferdinand told Starsport: ‘A lot of players have declined coming to Manchester United in recent years. They’ve chosen somewhere else.

‘But I don’t know how Dybala had the audacity to turn them down when he’s on the bench at Juventus. He needs to start playing some football.  Maybe he’s thinking: “I want to be Champions League or I’ll sit on the bench. I’d rather do that than play at United”.

‘Well, I’m happy he didn’t come then because you haven’t got the right minerals that I want in a Manchester United player!

‘I want someone who wants to come and thinks:  “United need to get back to being a top team, I want to be the catalyst”. ‘That’s the type of person you want to come through the door.’ He added.