Rio Ferdinand has urged Jadon Sancho to put all his ‘energy and focus’ into being a success at Manchester United after the Red Devils agreed a deal with Borussia Dortmund to sign the England star.
Sancho, 22, is set to undergo a medical at Old Trafford after Dortmund accepted a £72.6million bid from the Premier League giants.
While Sancho has barely featured in England’s run to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020, he has thrived in the Bundesliga over the past few seasons and Ferdinand expects him to impress for the Red Devils.
Asked if he had a message for Sancho ahead of his move to Old Trafford, 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.’
A clearly delighted Ferdinand added: ‘Sancho’s arrived, Sancho’s here! I feel beautiful 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 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, Ferdinand said: ‘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!’
Manchester United endured a mixed 2020-21 campaign, finishing second in the Premier League but failing to win any silverware after losing the Europa League final to Villarreal.
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