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Manchester United wingers told to emulate Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka

Rio Ferdinand has been speaking about how Manchester United’s wingers can take from Bukayo Saka.


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Saka has had an excellent start to the 2022/23 campaign under Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners are top of the Premier League after 10 games and Bukayo Saka has been one of their key men.

The Englishman has scored four and assisted four in 10, with his most recent outing seeing him score the only goal of the game vs Leeds.

Now, after his fine start to the campaign, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United wingers to emulate the 21-year-old.

Ferdinand believes Saka’s fearless nature and imagination is something that United are currently lacking. Saka’s ability to ‘kill’ full-backs makes him England’s number one option for the right-wing spot over the likes of Sancho, according to Ferdinand:

“In this form, you can’t look past Saka on that right-wing spot,” he told his Vibe with Five podcast. “I think in an England shirt, he does as well. He’s a winger who, when he gets it, I’ve watched him a couple of times live this year as well. His first instinct and intention is to go past you.

“We spoke to Nani, and he told us that was his intention. As soon as he got the ball one vs one, he was looking to beat the full-back. I love that about him. He’s got no fear, and he’s playing with a bit more maturity every time I see him.

“We [Man United] don’t seem to have the imagination in those areas. At the moment, we get in those positions and unfortunately for us, our wide players are turning away from that. They’re not killing full-backs. They’re not skinning them.

“The best teams wait for that moment in a game, and you might only get two or three of those moments where they stand the full-back up. Saka does it at the moment as well as anyone in the league and says right, I’m going to ghost you. At the moment, our wide players aren’t doing that.”

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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