Rio Ferdinand has called for Jude Bellingham to sign for Manchester United instead of Liverpool in the summer.
The English midfielder is one of the hottest prospects in the world and has been linked with just about every one of Europe’s top teams.
Of these teams, he has been most frequently linked with Real Madrid and Liverpool, who have seemingly been eyeing him up forever.
But Ferdinand has thrown another name into the hat, his former club, Manchester United.
‘If you put the two teams on a graph, Manchester United are going in one direction and Liverpool have stagnated,’ Ferdinand told the BBC.
‘I wouldn’t say Liverpool are in decline, but other teams are catching them up and maybe going beyond them.
‘If I’m a player, say Jude Bellingham or Declan Rice – two of the most in-demand English midfielders that may get moves this summer – and someone says, “Manchester United or Liverpool, where are you going?”, forget my Manchester United ties, I have to go with United right now.
‘The way the team looks, the way the squad is shaping up, the way the managers are navigating their teams’ fortunes and who I see being more successful in the upcoming future – I really would be sitting on the side of United.’