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Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand names 4 Premier League defenders who have been higher than Arsenal’s William Saliba at 21 years previous

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Rio Ferdinand has advised Arsenal followers to cease overhyping William Saliba (Image: Getty / Vibe)

Rio Ferdinand has warned Arsenal followers to cease overhyping William Saliba and named 4 Premier League defenders who have been higher than the France worldwide on the identical age.

Saliba had impressed throughout the early weeks of the brand new season, taking part in a key function in a run of 5 successive victories which had propelled Mikel Arteta’s new-look aspect to the highest of the desk.

The Gunners, nevertheless, failed the primary acid check of their credentials on Sunday after they have been punished by a rejuvenated Manchester United who capitalised on Arsenal’s defensive naivety.

Marcus Rashford scored twice on the counter-attack to assist United safe three precious factors with Saliba, caught out by the England ahead’s motion, arguably at fault for each targets.

Saliba’s early performances, having lastly made the breakthrough at Arsenal three years after becoming a member of from Saint Etienne, had drawn comparisons with Ferdinand on account of his magnificence and confidence on the ball.

Ferdinand, nevertheless, dismissed these comparisons and picked out 4 of his former worldwide teammates who he felt have been acting at the next stage than the 21-year-old Saliba on the identical age.

He advised Vibe: ‘Jonathan Woodgate, Sol Campbell, John Terry, belief me. Woodgate 100% with none hesitation.

Marcus Rashford gave William Saliba the most important check of his Premier League profession to this point at Outdated Trafford in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat (Image: Getty)

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‘Wes Brown at 21. He was profitable Champions Leagues. He was within the treble profitable group, he performed video games in that group’.

On Saliba’s peformance at Outdated Trafford, Ferdinand added: ‘He failed the Rashford check. You don’t have to put this stress on Saliba, he’s simply 5 video games in simply let him play.

‘You’re salivating over Saliba however he’s in all probability within the altering room considering I’ve bought my DNA on two, perhaps three, of the targets in a roundabout way form or type.

Marcus Rashford punished William Saliba and Arsenal with two targets in Man Utd’s 3-1 win at Outdated Trafford (Image: Getty)

‘Some individuals would possibly say three, I’m saying two. His fingerprints are on two of the targets and he’s sitting there with 0 factors from the sport.

‘He’s taking part in offside. The supervisor’s not advised him to try this. They didn’t play offside at another time in that recreation.

‘He’s on the midway line considering he’s final man and steps up over the midway line to play offside when Ben White’s taking part in him onside.’

Rio Ferdinand believes his former Leeds United teammate Jonathan Woodgate was a greater defender than William Saliba on the age of 21 (Image: Getty)

Regardless of that criticism, Ferdinand is assured Saliba will develop right into a prime class central defender if he’s allowed to progress with out the stress of being in comparison with all-time greats.

He stated: ‘I really assume Saliba’s bought a extremely good probability of being a extremely, actually good participant. He simply wants time.

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‘All this stress you’re placing on him placing him up towards individuals I don’t assume he wants it. He was on mortgage final season. His first huge check lets be sincere was at Outdated Trafford in a giant signature recreation.

‘As a centre-back you can’t sit there and say he performed nicely if you’ve conceded three targets, please don’t try to inform me that. He’s completed with three targets in his internet.

‘You may’t say that, I wouldn’t embarrass myself. I’m not saying he’s not an excellent participant, you possibly can’t sit there and concede three targets and lavish him.

‘Private satisfaction wouldn’t enable it. If we’ve conceded a aim, or two targets in a recreation and we’ve misplaced and no targets are a direct fault of mine we take it as a group.’


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