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Rio Ferdinand discusses three transfer mistakes Louis van Gaal made at Man United

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United are better-positioned to avoid the kinds of transfer mistakes that Louis van Gaal was guilty of making during his time with the club.

Van Gaal parted company with a few Sir Alex Ferguson favourites when the Dutchman took over at Old Trafford following David Moyes’ ill-fated spell in charge of United.

Rio Ferdinand believes Van Gaal was wrong to sell three players in particular as the United legend maintains that Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and Rafael all had something to offer the club during that period of transition.

Welbeck was one of the first players shipped out by Van Gaal in 2014 while Hernandez and Rafael followed suit 12 months later.

“I thought we got rid of good people in Hernandez, Welbeck and Rafael,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with FIVE show.

“They were good United people with character.

“They wanted to play for Manchester United and knew what it meant. They wanted to win and they were part of that previous era that knew how to win.

“They could have carried that on and given it to other people. It was their turn and their chance to pass it on.

“But I thought Manchester United wasn’t set up in the way that they probably are today. They wouldn’t allow that to happen today.”

Welbeck scored against his former side on Sunday evening and the English forward reckons he should also have had a penalty in what ended up being a 2-1 victory for the Red Devils.

Ferdinand remains close with Welbeck and praised the 30-year-old’s qualities as both a centre-forward and representative of United.

“Welbeck epitomised everything about Man United, he was hard-working and he understood what it meant to be a United player,” Ferdinand added.

“He had quality, he could come in from being on the bench and score. He knew what it meant to be a squad player as well. When he was there to start, he produced the goods.

“I used to judge players by how hard they were to train against and he was hard to play against.

“People would always say he was a nightmare to play against because he doesn’t stop moving, he receives the ball well, he can run behind, he’s quick, he’s got everything.”

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