Rio Ferdinand gives brutally honest advice to Sanchez about choosing Manchester United or City

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Rio Ferdinand has opened up with some real advice for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.

The former Manchester United and England captain is the latest to weigh in on Sanchez's situation as the Chilean looks to finally leave Arsenal this month.

Sanchez attempted to leave the club last summer by forcing Arsenal's hand over the fact that his contract expires in July 2018.

A move to Manchester City has been on the horizon since, with Pep Guardiola's team coming close to getting him in August but just falling short.

Now, however, things have become complicated.

Arsenal are keen to sell Sanchez now and avoid receiving nothing for the player in six months, but City aren't happy to pay £35 million for someone available for free so soon.

Enter United, who are more than happy to stump up the cash to spite two of their rivals and get a top-class footballer in one go.

The move has been boiled down to a straight choice between the two Manchester clubs as Sanchez can almost certainly push through a move to either.

So there it is; United or City? Mourinho or Guardiola?

Ferdinand believes the choice is clear - although as Jermaine Jenas says, it must hurt him to say it.

"Listen, if I'm going to be honest, I had this discussion with my mates yesterday and today," said Ferdinand on BT Sport's Premier League Tonight.

"If he's got the option to go from Arsenal now to Manchester City or Manchester United, as a footballer who wanted to win trophies and would judge myself based on trophies being won, at the moment Manchester City looks like the place to go."

Ferdinand admits that the comments hurt to say, somehow managing to put aside his allegiance to the club he spent the bulk of his career at aside for the advice.

You can listen to Ferdinand's comments below:

The 39-year-old then begins to justify his comments. "They're top of the league," he continues.

"They're going to win the league this year, they're in the Champions League, they look like they're going to be in the final of the League Cup, the FA Cup potentially - so he's got more opportunities to win trophies there.

"He knows Pep - if Pep wants him now, I'm sure he's thinking 'I'm going to go there and I'm going to do it the second time around, I'm going to do it properly this time'".

Whether Sanchez will listen or not remains to be seen, but we should find out his decision in the next few days. The title race might be over, but United may yet find a way to one-up their neighbours.

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