Solskjaer on fixture pile-up: We've been dealt a bad hand
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Manchester United might end up regretting the fact they ignored Rio Ferdinand’s transfer recommendation. It comes after a brilliant display from Ben Godfrey for Everton as they narrowly beat West Ham to keep up their European hopes.
United legend Ferdinand told his former club that Everton defender Godfrey was set to become a superstar prior to his Goodison Park move.
It comes after a fine display from the England Under-21 international against West Ham on Sunday evening.
Everton beat David Moyes’ side 1-0 at the London Stadium to keep their hopes of European football alive next season.
It takes the Toffees to eighth in the Premier League, while also severely denting West Ham’s hopes of landing a Champions League spot.
But one of the standout performers on the night was Godfrey, who had a large part in the goal.
It was his defence-splitting pass from deep that put Dominic Calvert-Lewin through, before the England international expertly finished past Lukasz Fabianski.
At the back, he kept the likes of Michail Antonio and Tomas Soucek quiet, as well as dampening the red-hot Jesse Lingered.
And it reinforces Ferdinand’s claim that United should have had a look while he was at Norwich last season.
“Anyone had a chance to sign him because Norwich were going to let him go,” Ferdinand said on his YouTube channel back in 2019.
“Listen, I told you before I’d spoken to various people at different clubs, [Manchester] United being one of them as well.
“They could’ve had Ben when he was about £12 million or £15 million, when he just went to Norwich. He’d been there about half a season or a season.”
United are looking to sign a defender in the transfer window and could finally heed Ferdinand’s advice.
However, Everton are under no pressure to sell and if they did it would be for a lot more than the £25m they paid the Canaries last summer.
“Listen, there’s so many players we could look at and say: they were missed at that point and they had to pay more,” Ferdinand added.
“That’s just life, that’s part of it, and there’s different judges. Ninety-nine people can judge a player and not like him and one just says: ‘Bang, he’s for me.’
“It’s just that I’ve seen these boys grow so I know what’s under their bonnet. I know what they’re carrying in their toolbox.”
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