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Manchester United ignored advice to sign Godfrey

Ben Godfrey of Everton (Image: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Ben Godfrey has been a revelation for Everton this season since his move from Norwich City but Manchester United could have snapped up the defender earlier in his career if they’d followed the advice of their former defender Rio Ferdinand.

Ferdinand, who became the world’s most expensive defender at the time when he came to Old Trafford in a £30million deal in 2002, is quote by the Express as telling his FIVE YouTube channel:

“Anyone had a chance to sign him because Norwich were going to let him go.

“Listen, I told you before I’d spoken to various people at different clubs, United being one of them as well.

“They could’ve had Ben when he was about 12 or 15 million, when he just went to Norwich. He’d been there about half a season or a season.

“But listen, there’s so many players we could look at and say, they were missed at that point and they had to pay more.

“That’s just life, that’s part of it, and there’s different judges. 99 people can judge a player and not like him and one just says, ‘bang, he’s for me’.

“It’s just that I’ve seen these boys grow so I know what’s under their bonnet. I know what they’re carrying in their toolbox.”