Now an elderly statesman in the Manchester United dressing room, Rio Ferdinand has been massively impressed with a number of Manchester United’s youngsters after lining up alongside them during pre-season.
Having returned from the tour of Asia and Australia, David Moyes was full of praise for Jesse Lingard, Adnan Januzaj and Wilfried Zaha after their impressive displays and Rio Ferdinand has echoed his manager, saluting the starlets.
Speaking to The Mirror ahead of his testimonial tonight, Ferdinand said:
“Zaha was really good. He’s a new signing and he was one of the better players on tour for us.
“The best players were the young lads: Wilf, Jesse Lingard and Adnan was silky – he set up a great goal in one of the Japanese games.
“Jesse was top scorer on the tour and from left midfield shows what a quality player he is. They were three plus points on the tour and hopefully this season we’ll see some more of them.
“The manager would have assessed the squad before, been aware of them as the two boys were here already but Wilf had just arrived.
“The two lads trained with us last season, Jesse came on tour with us last year so we were more than aware how good the players are.”