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13 January 2021 02:31

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand compared one of his old club’s new signings to the great Cristiano Ronaldo.

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EPL: Rio Ferdinand compares Manchester United's new signing to Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand compared one of his old club's new signings to the great Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar joined the Red Devils as a promising youngster from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 before going on to become one of the best players of all time. While Rio ensured he didn't want to heap too much pressure on United's latest talented teenager, the defender said he has high hopes. Ferdinand is referring to Amad Diallo, who recently completed a €37 million switch from Serie A club Atalanta. Despite being just 18-years-old, big things are expected of the winger who instantly drew comparisons to Ronaldo.

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'We've just bought a kid in from Atalanta and hopefully he does something. If you see his clips and speak to people at the club who are involved in buying him, potentially this kid could be a world-beater,' he told FIVE. 'That is the thought of the Manchester United people, that this kid is one they have unearthed. 'This kid seems similar in that sense and if you see his clips, the world is his oyster if he applies himself right.' Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed the club have no plans to add to their squad again in January, but he revealed that a mass clear-out is expected. Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has compared Amad Diallo's signing to that of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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He described Diallo as a potential "world-beater" as United struck a deal to sign Diallo from Atalanta last October. The forward had remained in Italy after signing for United and is expected to join the Red Devils this January. United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the player has "special abilities" and has impressed many Serie A observers with his pace and trickery out wide, attributes similar to what Ronaldo brought to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in 2003. Just like Diallo, Ronaldo was 18 when he joined United and Ferdinand, a United legend is hopeful of seeing the player make a similar impact to the Portugal captain. "We've just bought a kid in from Atalanta and hopefully he does something," Ferdinand said during his podcast.

"…Potentially this kid could be a world-beater. "I don't want to put the pressure of Ronaldo on him, but no-one knew about Ronaldo when we bought him other than the people in Portugal. "This kid seems similar in that sense and if you see his clips and the way people talk about him, the world is his oyster if he applies himself right." Conservationists have offered a reward for help in finding whoever etched "Trump" on the back of an endangered manatee. The president's name was gouged into a layer of algae on the adolescent sea cow in the Homosassa River, in a region of north Florida known as the Nature Coast. Sponsored Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director at the Centre for Biological Diversity, called it a vile, criminal act. "Manatees aren't billboards and people shouldn't be messing with these sensitive and imperilled animals for any reason. However this political graffiti was put on this manatee, it's a crime to interfere with these creatures, which are protected under multiple federal laws," she said. Manatees are gentle, slow-moving mammals that graze in shallow waters around Florida and have no enemies beyond