After being linked with a move to Manchester United for weeks, Paulo Dybala snubbed his transaction to Old Trafford in favor of joining their rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Eventually, that move also fell off due to a conflict with his image rights, so he was forced to stay put at Juventus for, at least, an extra 6 months until he makes his way to a new club.
Dybala would’ve been in a prime position to succeed at Old Trafford, especially with Romelu Lukaku heading out the door and him ready to step up as his replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team.
However, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand claimed he was actually happy about the fact that Dybala didn’t want to play for the Red Devils and took several shots at the Argentinean forward:
“A lot of players have declined to come to Man United in recent years. They’ve chosen somewhere else. 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 United.’ Well, I’m happy he didn’t come then because you haven’t got the right minerals that I want in a Man United player! I want someone who wants to come and thinks: ‘Man United 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,” Ferdinand told the Daily Star.
Dybala has struggled to establish himself at Juventus with Cristiano Ronaldo as their main guy up-front, so any move out of Turin would’ve been a major step forward in his development.
As for United, the team didn’t seem to need Dybala during their season opener vs. Chelsea, thrashing them 4-0 with goals from Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Daniel James.