Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Rio Ferdinand feels the club should have made more efforts to sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham Hotspur during the recently concluded transfer window.
The Belgium international had been highlighted as the prime central defensive target for the summer owing to his experience but unfortunately, United were never close to acquiring his signature.
Speaking to BT Sport, via Goal, Ferdinand lamented at the missed opportunity whilst admitting that he would have fancied the Belgian featuring for Jose Mourinho’s side this term.
“I was in favour of bringing Toby Alderweireld from Spurs. When playing regularly, I think he’s within the top two or three centre-halfs in the country, in this league. I thought he was a definite, he would have been my go-to choice to be honest,” he said.
Both Alderweireld and Harry Maguire were linked with United during the closing stages of the summer transfer window but based on different fan polls, the former often came first with the added experience and leadership qualities he possesses.
Nonetheless, United have no time to ponder about what has gone by and the likes of Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly now have the opportunity to prove that they can stake the claim for a regular role at the heart of the backline.
Manchester United kickstarted their Premier League season with a hard-fought 2-1 triumph over Leicester City on Friday night. Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw found the net for United with Jamie Vardy bagging the consolation for the visitors.