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Rio Ferdinand says he would have dragged one player to Man United

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For many of football's top stars, the art of punditry has become a much more desirable post-playing career than coaching over the last ten years.

After watching Gary Neville make a seamless transition from Old Trafford to the Sky Sports studio, many have tried to follow suit when they reluctantly decide to hang up their boots.

One of those is Rio Ferdinand, who has become an equally respected pundit as part of BT Sport's coverage.

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Ferdinand's perspective is one that most fans usually appreciate and his opinion on the state of his old club Manchester United particularly resonates with his biggest supporters.

And in an interview with Portuguese publication, Abola, the ex-United captain revealed the player he would have targeted if he had returned to the club in a scouting capacity after retiring.

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"If I was a Man United scout, Renato Sanches would already be at the club," Ferdinand said.

"I’d have dragged him by his hair and said: 'let’s go!'

"Renato is a modern player: Aggressive, strong, powerful, got technique, can shoot and pass. I like him.

"He’s young, but takes responsibility."

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It's not like Sanches wasn't on Man United's radar though Rio.

In fact, the Red Devils were reportedly extremely interested in signing the Portuguese sensation from Benfica before he ended up joining Bayern Munich last summer.

The 19-year-old was recently quoted as saying the amount of effort and desire the German giants had shown in purchasing him had been 'the decisive factor' behind his decision to overlook offers from United and elsewhere.

Perhaps Ed Woodward and co. missed a trick by not bringing Ferdinand on board, although, we don't know how Sanches would have reacted to be dragged to the club by his hair - probably not well.

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However, the youngest star to breakthrough at Euro 2016 might already be having a few lingering doubts regarding his choice now.

Sanches has struggled to make quite the impact he would have hoped for in the Bundesliga and Carlo Ancelotti has kept him as an unused substitute for their last two domestic fixtures.

There's nothing to suggest the midfielder is at all unhappy in Munich but maybe Rio should try out his recruitment trick in January just to stoke the flames a bit.

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