Rio Ferdinand rejected Barcelona, True Madrid and Chelsea to join Manchester United in 2002 but he is unsure if he would do the identical once more.
Rio Ferdinand says the “landscape has changed totally”, with all the former Manchester United defender claiming the club are unable to attract star players like earlier years.
United invested heavily to recruit Anthony Martial, Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian and Bastian Schweinsteiger to Old Trafford, although a marquee signing didn’t materialise possessing been linked with moves for Gareth Bale and Thomas Muller.
Transfer target Pedro opted for Chelsea, although Louis van Gaal and Co. were also unable to retain the solutions of British-record signing Angel di Maria, who departed for Paris Saint-Germain just after just 1 season.
Ferdinand became essentially the most highly-priced defender in Premier League history at ￡30million when he moved to Old Trafford from rivals Leeds United in 2002, however the 36-year-old doubts no matter whether he would pick the same club once again this time about.
“When United came in for me there had been other clubs who -potentially wanted me… Barcelona, Actual Madrid, Roma, Chelsea,” stated Ferdinand
“But my whole thinking was trophies. It wasn’t about how much money I was earning, it was: ‘Who is going to obtain me to win trophies within this country?’
“That was Manchester United and Alex Ferguson. That’s all I cared about and also the rest is history.
“Nowadays, United are competing against Manchester City, who’ve got much more dollars, against Chelsea, who have got as a great deal funds or a lot more, and can provide living in London and are going for titles. Then you’ve got Genuine Madrid and Barcelona at the same time.”
In spite of splashing the money, United failed to reinforce the centre of their defence, obtaining missed out on reported targets Sergio Ramos and Mats Hummels.
Midfielder Daley Blind has since been made use of as a makeshift defender alongside Chris Smalling and Ferdinand added: “I was talking to Nemanja Vidic the other day and we have been both saying the adjust is unreal in terms of the personnel and transfer -policy.
“We had been saying, ‘If they’d spent ￡50m when we have been there, how much a lot more would we’ve won!’
“You feel, ‘you’ve spent all that dollars, but where’s your centre-half? Since you didn’t get Daley Blind as a centre-half, you purchased him as a holding -midfielder or possibly a left-back initially, but he has now become a mainstay at centre-half’.
“Blind is really a great all-round footballer, but he’s not a -defender, not a centre-half. He’s not going to spot the dangers as immediately as a all-natural defender.”