Paulo Dybala does not have the “minerals” to play for Manchester United , according to Rio Ferdinand.
The Argentine was heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford over the summer but is still a Juventus player following the closure of the English transfer window.
Tottenham struck a deal with the Bianconeri to take the forward to north London but in the end failed to land the former Palermo man.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named the youngest starting XI on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, with an average age of just over 24, as United hammered Chelsea 4-0.
And Ferdinand believes Solskjaer missing out on Dybala has actually done the United boss a favour – by allowing him to put his faith in youth.
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“A lot of players have declined coming to Man Utd in recent years. They’ve chosen somewhere else,” he told the Daily Star.
“But I don’t know how Dybala had the audacity to turn them down when he’s on the bench at Juventus. He needs to start playing some football.
“Maybe he’s thinking: ‘I want to be Champions League or I’ll sit on the bench. I’d rather do that than play at Man Utd.’
“Well, I’m happy he didn’t come, then because you haven’t got the right minerals that I want in a Man Utd player!
“I want someone who wants to come and thinks: ‘Man Utd need to get back to being a top team, I want to be the catalyst’. That’s the type of person you want to come through the door.
“Ole has gone with younger players. James and Wan-Bissaka are two young, young, young players with huge potential. They’re projects.
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“Wan-Bissaka a little bit less because he’s played in the Premier League, but James is a nice project for the long-term because he has that youth, that pace that can excite people.
“If he can work on that on the training field, give him a few games, then hopefully he can keep on flourishing.
“Jose Mourinho didn’t say: ‘I’m going to go down that route’. He might have wanted Harry Maguire, but he’s still 25. We’re talking young English players. He bought Matic, Fred, established players.
“I just hope Ole gets the time and the team shows some signs early on this season that they are going in the right direction.
“United fans are loyal fans and understanding fans. If they see an idea that is being nurtured in the right direction for the future of the club, they’ll get behind it. It’s important they see that early.”