Rio Ferdinand criticises Man United’s decision to sell duo

The Manchester United legend is disappointed Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley were allowed to leave the club

Man United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United were wrong to sell Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck.

The Red Devils have seen a lot of change at Old Trafford following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.

David Moyes persisted with Cleverley and Welbeck after the Scot took over the reins from the Manchester United legend.

However, his replacement Louis van Gaal opted to sell the home grown talents during his two-season spell in charge of Old Trafford.

Manchester United sold Welbeck to Arsenal in a £16m deal in the 2015 summer transfer window much to the frustration of some of the club’s supporters.

Cleverley, meanwhile, moved to Everton from Manchester United after his contract expired at the 20-time English champions.

The Red Devils have Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford in their current squad to ensure the presence of some local talent in Jose Mourinho’s squad.

However, Manchester United legend Ferdinand is disappointed that the English pair were allowed to leave Old Trafford.

“I’m fairly confident the likes of Cleverley & Welbeck who came through the Manchester United system would have been at the club longer if Sir Alex Ferguson had stayed as manager,” Ferdinand is quoted as saying by Team Talk.

“[They] were vital members of the squad that loved the club and know the DNA.”

Manchester United finished in second place in the Premier League table last season to make progress under Mourinho.

The Red Devils signed Brazilian midfielder Fred, FC Porto defender Diogo Dalot and veteran English goalkeeper Lee Grant in the summer.

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