Thiago Alcantara (L) wanted to join United before signing for Liverpool, says Rio Ferdinand (R)

Rio Ferdinand claims Thiago Alcantara wanted to sign for Man United before joining rivals Liverpool


Rio Ferdinand claims Thiago Alcantara told him he wanted to sign for Man United before joining Liverpool from Bayern Munich and says his ‘ridiculous’ form shows ‘players need time’… as he advises Jadon Sancho to imitate him

  • Rio Ferdinand has revealed Liverpool’s Thiago could have joined Manchester United
  • Ferdinand hailed his ‘ridiculous’ performances after a slow start at Anfield
  • He compared his struggles with those of Jadon Sancho and said players need time

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has claimed Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara wanted to join Old Trafford when he was at Bayern Munich before joining Jurgen Klopp – as he hailed his “ridiculous” performances.

The Spanish midfielder initially struggled to make an impact at Anfield when he arrived from Germany and also struggled with minor injuries, but now appears to have found his best form with some dominant recent performances.

Ferdinand reveals the player told him he wanted to become a Red Devil in 2020 when he was linked with a Bundesliga exit, but admits Thiago ‘couldn’t be happier’ playing for Liverpool now despite numerous radiation.

Ferdinand claims that the player informed him of his desire by telephone

Thiago Alcantara (L) wanted to join United before signing for Liverpool, says Rio Ferdinand (R)

The Spanish midfielder is in top form for Liverpool despite a slow start at Anfield

The Spanish midfielder is in top form for Liverpool despite a slow start at Anfield

“Thiago has been the most outstanding midfielder over the last few weeks and months, he’s been absolutely on top,” he told his VibeWithFive podcast.

“Are you looking at his stats? By the way, Thiago’s passing accuracy in the last two games against Everton and Man Utd 98.4% vs Everton and 95.6% vs Everton. It’s ridiculous.

“I spoke to him at the time. He speaks perfect English, he was a great guy, he wanted to come to United. But you’re looking at him now and he couldn’t be happier.

He said Thiago was the perfect example of why Premier League players – and managers – need time to adapt, citing how many were too quick to judge him before he reached the top of its form.

Ferdinand hailed his ‘ridiculous’ form as a ‘remarkable midfielder’ under boss Jurgen Klopp

He said his dominant displays are proof that players need more time to adapt in the top flight.

He said his dominant displays are proof that players need more time to adapt in the top flight.

Ferdinand also believes the same must apply to struggling United star Jadon Sancho following his arrival from the Bundesliga.

“What I would like to talk about only with Thiago is that you could have reached a large part of the fan base after last season and [they] reportedly said ‘he’s not good enough for us, he’s not the player he thought he was, German League, Bundesliga, he’s slowing us down, let’s get him out’.

“There were former players I saw saying ‘he’s side by side, doesn’t play the ball forward, he’s not ready for this league’. Players need time.

“It comes down to this thing with managers and Man Utd as well as the club have to give the manager of Man Utd patience, the clubs need and the fans have to give the players who come from other leagues in particular patience.

He wants the same patience applied to struggling United winger Jado Sancho

He wants the same patience applied to struggling United winger Jado Sancho

‘Sancho is another example. I bet you will definitely see a better player in Sancho next season.

Thiago played a total of 61 times for Liverpool, scoring once in 30 games last season, which was plagued by a knee injury and a battle with Covid.

This term he has already made more appearances with 31 appearances, and although his fitness issues hampered him at the start of the campaign, he has carried on and now appears to be a key member of Klopp’s squad and a regular holder.

He has two goals and two assists this season, with an average passing accuracy of 87% in all competitions.

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