Man Utd to splash out £250m on Jadon Sancho, Kalidou Koulibaly and Saul Niguez this summer

MANCHESTER UNITED legend Rio Ferdinand has called for his former club to splash out on Jadon Sancho, Kalidou Koulibaly and Saul Niguez in order to reach the next level.

The Red Devils had endured a frustrating season under Ferdinand’s former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prior to lockdown – although they had shown signs of improvement after the January acquisition of Bruno Fernandes.

 Rio Ferdinand has named the three players he'd love Man United to sign - Kalidou Koulibaly, Jadon Sancho and Saul Niguez

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Rio Ferdinand has named the three players he’d love Man United to sign – Kalidou Koulibaly, Jadon Sancho and Saul Niguez

And while the Portuguese’s arrival represents a good start, Ferdinand, 41, thinks it’ll take another three big-name signings to get the Red Devils competing for major silverware again.

He told the BBC’s Savage Social podcast: “Sancho, Koulibaly and Saul Niguez.

“I think Harry Kane’s been linked but if I’m pushing for an attacking player I’d still go for Sancho, he gives you that little bit of imagination and I think he gives you that little bit of spice that they haven’t got at the moment.”

And amid talk that the former Manchester City academy starlet would be handed the legendary No7 jersey at Old Trafford, Ferdinand gave the idea a ringing endorsement.

He continued: “Yes, I would [give Sancho No7], he’s that type of character.

“He’s got an arrogance about him, it’s what you want on a football pitch, they’d embrace that.

“So yes, I’d give it to him and put that pressure right on his shoulders!”

The Red Devils have persistently been linked with a £100million swoop for Sancho, who returned to action from the bench for Borussia Dortmund at the weekend.

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