And he believes missing out on the Juventus star has helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer build a younger, hungrier Manchester United.
Solskjaer fielded the youngest starting XI of the Premier Leagues opening weekend in United’s 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea at Old Trafford.
He named a side with an average age of just over 24, including youngsters Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Scott McTominay, with Daniel James scoring off the bench.
And Ferdinand reckons Solskjaer is better off putting his faith in youth than in expensive big-name players like Dybala, whose heart was never in a move to the club.
“Well, I’m happy he didn’t come, then because you haven’t got the right minerals that I want in a Man Utd player!”
The former United defender, now a BT Sport pundit, told Starsport: “A lot of players have declined coming to Man Utd in recent years. They’ve chosen somewhere else.
“But I don’t know how Dybala had the audacity to turn them down when he’s on the bench at Juventus. He needs to start playing some football.
“Maybe he’s thinking: ‘I want to be Champions League or I’ll sit on the bench. I’d rather do that than play at Man Utd.’
“Well, I’m happy he didn’t come, then because you haven’t got the right minerals that I want in a Man Utd player!
“I want someone who wants to come and thinks: ‘Man Utd need to get back to being a top team, I want to be the catalyst’. That’s the type of person you want to come through the door.
“Ole has gone with younger players. James and Wan-Bissaka are two young, young, young players with huge potential. They’re projects.
“Wan-Bissaka a little bit less because he’s played in the Premier League, but James is a nice project for the long-term because he has that youth, that pace that can excite people.
“If he can work on that on the training field, give him a few games, then hopefully he can keep on flourishing.
“Jose Mourinho didn’t say: ‘I’m going to go down that route’. He might have wanted Harry Maguire, but he’s still 25. We’re talking young English players. He bought Matic, Fred, established players.
“I just hope Ole gets the time and the team shows some signs early on this season that they are going in the right direction.
“United fans are loyal fans and understanding fans. If they see an idea that is being nurtured in the right direction for the future of the club, they’ll get behind it. It’s important they see that early.”
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