Former legendary Manchester United defender John O’Shea has said that Rio Ferdinand is the Red Devils’ best transfer in recent years and not Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Many names can be added to the list when it comes to superstar transfers to Old Trafford.
Since the start of the Premier League, names like Eric Cantona, Peter Schmeichel and Roy Keane have secured tremendous value following their transfer to United.
Wayne Rooney, the club’s all-time leading scorer, could also join that list, along with Andy Cole and current coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – who cost just milion 1.5m in 1996.
Ronaldo is expected to enter the list for many, as he won the first of his five Golden Balls while at United, but O’Shea thinks defender Ferdinand transferred from Leeds in 2002 proved to be the smartest reinforcement.
“I should pass him by Rio Ferdinand,” said the former defender, who won five championships during his time with the Red Devils.
“In my time, in terms of consistent performance. He provided a very strong foundation for the team. “He was also a great guy.”
“When he joined he was well placed, he knew a lot of players from England. Fitted well at the time and proved to be a very good signature. “People mentioned the price paid a lot, but it gave a very good value.”
Driven to rank Ferdinand over Ronaldo, O’Shea added: “Yes, they are close.”
“You are talking about two amazing players, but only at that time, what was needed and the impact he made on the club in general, for me Rio is just passing it on,” the former defender concluded. / Telegraphy /