Rio Ferdinand claims Thiago Alcantara told him he wanted to make Man Utd transfer before moving to rivals Liverpool

THIAGO ALCANTARA needed to maneuver to Manchester United earlier than heading to rivals Liverpool.

That’s in keeping with former United captain and pundit Rio Ferdinand.

Thiago has had a bounce again yr for Liverpool after a troublesome first seasonGetty

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Thiago, 31, signed from Bayern Munich for a bargain £25million in 2020.

The midfielder is a giant purpose why issues are going so effectively at Anfield this marketing campaign, with Liverpool a single point behind league leaders Man City.

There may be even discuss of a unprecedented QUADRUPLE for Jurgen Klopp’s facet.

And Ferdinand was fast to reward Thiago’s latest type on his Vibe With Five podcast.

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He mentioned: “Thiago has been the stand out midfielder for the previous couple of weeks and months he’s been completely high.

“I spoke to him on the time he joined.

“He speaks excellent English, he was an amazing man, needed to come back to United.

“But you look at him now and he couldn’t be happier.”

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Final yr, the Spaniard revealed he “hated modern football” and believed the sport has misplaced it’s magic.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was forced to defend the playmaker’s performances following criticism from followers and pundits.

However the tide has now turned for the ex-Barcelona star.

And Rio reckons that Man Utd may study a factor or two from the state of affairs and must be affected person to get the perfect out of their stars.

Ferdinand highlights Jadon Sancho – who signed final summer time for £73m signing – as someplace who may have the identical impression as Thiago subsequent yr.

The previous Outdated Trafford centre-back mentioned: “What I wish to discuss with Thiago is that a large quantity of the fanbase after final season would have mentioned he isn’t adequate for us, he’s slowing us down, let’s get him out.

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“There have been ex-players I noticed saying he’s facet to facet, doesn’t play the ball ahead he isn’t ready-made for this league.

“Gamers want time. It goes again to this factor with managers and Man Utd as effectively the membership want to offer the supervisor at Man Utd endurance.

“The membership and the followers want to offer gamers that are available from different leagues particularly endurance.

“Sancho is another example. I bet you see a better player with Sancho next season for sure.”

THIAGO ALCANTARA needed to maneuver to Manchester United earlier than heading to rivals Liverpool. That’s in keeping with former United captain and pundit Rio Ferdinand. Thiago, 31, signed from Bayern Munich for a discount £25million in 2020. The midfielder is a giant purpose why issues are going so effectively at Anfield this marketing campaign, with Liverpool aPremier League – newest information, switch rumours, outcomes and fixtures |The Solar