Ferdinand claims Man Utd target Sancho is "best young player in the world"

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has lauded England international Jadon Sancho as the world's best young talent, tipping him to be a success at Old Trafford should he make the move this summer.

The Red Devils have made Sancho their top target but talks appear to have stalled after Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc said the player would not be leaving.

"We plan on having Jadon Sancho in our team this season," Zorc said. "The decision is final. I think that answers all our questions.

"Last summer we adjusted Jadon's salary to match the development of his performances. So in context, we had already extended his contract until 2023 back then."

United have not given up in their pursuit and, should they manage to prise him away from Dortmund, Ferdinand believes it would be an excellent signing.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Ferdinand called Sancho the "best" young player "bar none", before adding: "Manchester United should be in the market for the best players.

"He is fantastic. If he does come he'll be an added value in terms of quality no doubt.

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"Manchester United need top players who are going to have an effect on their first XI and I think Jadon Sancho falls into that category.

"If you look at successful Manchester United sides over the years, successful periods, there were players fighting for every position and if you substitute one out and you brought one in there was no change in the quality or the output."

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  • Ferdinand won also praised manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for bring "attacking, vibrant football" back to United after Jose Mourinho's reign, adding: "That's been the most pleasing point.

    "He's ticked a box in terms of getting the team back into the Champions League, which I think would have been his remit at the beginning when he got his hands on the reins."

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