The Old Trafford legend is convinced Sancho will take United to a new level (Picture: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand has reiterated the importance of Manchester United signing Jadon Sancho and says ‘it’s over’ for Premier League defenders if he is allowed to team up with Marcus Rashford.

The Red Devils have long been linked with a move for the £100million-rated Borussia Dortmund winger, though Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward has played down the likelihood of any big-money transfers due to the coronavirus crisis.

But Ferdinand believes United are better placed than many of their rivals to spend big despite the current difficulties and is convinced that Sancho would take the side to a new level.

Sancho and Rashford have already struck up a bond playing for England (Picture: Getty)

‘Financially Man United are in a stronger position than most, because of the way that the club is structured,’ Ferdinand told The Beautiful Game Podcast when asked which players he would like to see United sign.

‘I’d definitely buy Sancho. Could you imagine Sancho in that team with him drawing like two or three players to him and then Rashford is playing one-v-one? Oh God. It’s over.’

Rashford has not played for United since January due to a back problem though will be fit if and when the Premier League campaign resumes, and Ferdinand is in no doubt about how good he can become.

The former United defender continued: ‘Rashford could be up there with the best, 100 per cent, because he’s just got mad talent.

‘From a kid I’ve seen him play, whether it was up front, or wide or drifting about, he’s always had mad talent and at Man United, within the corridors, they have always known.

‘It’s whether you can translate that to being in the first team and he’s shown that he can do that. He’s just been unfortunate that he’s been in a team that’s in transition ever since he’s been in the first team, so it’s very different to, say, Kylian Mbappe coming into a Paris Saint-Germain team that is going to win every year, fighting for trophies on all fronts.

Ferdinand has urged United to build their team around Rashford (Picture: Getty)

‘The confidence levels are there, there’s not a finding out period with any of the players there, they’re a consistent and well-oiled machine in their league. So it’s very different – and that league’s not as hard either. But Mbappe’s like major, major, major.

‘But Rashford, it seemed like Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] was getting the right consistency in the squad and that was when he wasn’t playing, which was the disappointing part.

‘So fingers crossed things can get back to normal and he can come back in to some consistency and they can start really getting back to the heights Man United were at before. And then I think you’ll see even more out of Marcus, because if I’m Man United I’m building it all around him.’

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