Dominic Calvert-Lewin would be a ‘fantastic signing’ for Manchester United, says Rio Ferdinand

The Old Trafford great says Calvert-Lewin would make a ‘big impact’ at the club

Jamie Braidwood
Tuesday 13 April 2021 17:49

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin would be a “fantastic signing” for Manchester United this summer, according to former England defender Rio Ferdinand - if they miss out on Erling Haaland and Harry Kane.

Calvert-Lewin has scored 19 goals in 32 appearances for the Merseyside club this season, including 14 in the Premier League, and made his senior England debut in October.

United are said to be interested in signing a striker this summer, due to the uncertainty over Edinson Cavani’s future at the club and Anthony Martial’s record of just four Premier League goals this campaign.

But while Tottenham’s Kane and Borussia Dortmund’s Haaland could be options, with both strikers rumoured to be available in the upcoming transfer window, the former Manchester United defender believes Calvert-Lewin represents an alternative.

“It’s one out of left field, but listen, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, for me, I love him,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe With FIVE podcast.

“I’ve watched a lot of Everton this year and he’s a player that unnerves defenders. He’s not one you want to play against week in, week out. He’s aggressive, he attacks the ball well.

“I was speaking to Carlo Ancelotti earlier this year and he mentioned [Filippo] Inzaghi and said he didn’t need many chances to score goals and he scores goals in and around the six-yard box.

“I look at Calvert-Lewin this season and he’s listened to that, he’s taken that on board. Obviously, he seems a real good student of the game and he’s started putting that into his own game.

“We’ve seen the rewards he’s had, he’s got into the England squad by scoring loads of goals in and around the six-yard box, scoring those ugly goals. I think he’d be a fantastic signing for Manchester United.

“It’s one out of left field a little bit but I think he’d have a big impact. He’d get on the end of the things created by Fernandes, Pogba, [Marcus] Rashford, [Mason] Greenwood, etc.

“It’s whether Ole sees it as feasible, or if he thinks, ‘I’m not going to get the likes of Kane or Haaland’. If those two players come up, they’re going to be first choice.”

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