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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has given his expert view on the Reds’ new signing, Donny van de Beek.

Rio, of course, now works as a pundit for BT Sport during their Champions League coverage and watched on as van de Beek helped inspire Ajax to the semi-finals of the competition in 2018/19.

And it’s fair to say our vocal ex-defender is excited about seeing Donny play at Old Trafford when our season kicks off on 19 September.

“What does he bring to the team, to this squad?” mused Rio in a video posted to his YouTube account.

“He brings goals, he brings assists, he runs into the box, [he has] a good work ethic and an unbelievable brain. [As an] Ajax guy, he knows how to play good football. “Edwin van der Sar, my old mate – did you see it, by the way, on social media? He put crying faces when I said van de Beek on his way into Man United – he wasn’t happy.

“He knows what he’s letting go, he knows his quality, he knows his class.”

The 23-year-old has notched 40 goals and 29 assists in his last three seasons in the Netherlands.

As Ferdinand highlights, that’s a record that stands up to almost any Premier League midfielder.

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