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Ferdinand prediction about Sancho appears to have come true before Man Utd move

Rio Ferdinand appears to have successfully predicted Jadon Sancho's Manchester United shirt number – before his transfer has been completed.

Back in March, the Manchester United legend was waxing lyrical about the Dortmund forward, and admitted he'd love to see him at Old Trafford.

He added that he can see the youngster in the famous number seven shirt.

Fast-forward five months and Sancho is on the verge of completing a £105million move to Manchester United.

What's more, he looks set to inherit the seven shirt after Alexis Sanchez – who currently wears the number – had his United contract mutually terminated, meaning the number is now free.

Ferdinand said of Sancho in March: "He's one of the best young kids in the world at the moment. He has been unbelievable, he's a player of huge potential.

"[Ousmane] Dembele, who was at Dortmund then went to Barcelona, was thought of similarly to Sancho and went [to a big club] for big money and it didn't work out for him.

"I don't want to see that for Jadon. I want him to go to a team where he will play and then improve. He's going to be expensive but I think Manchester United is the place for him to go, but I'm biased.

"Sancho will go for over £100million – it's the potential you are buying, someone who will be at your club for 10 years.

"It's massive money but I'd take him. I'd tell him 'You're the guy we are going to build the team around'. He's got that X-factor.

"He has all the potential to be a humongous superstar. He brings the play ground to the football field. Not many people do that."

When asked by a fan if Sancho will wear the number seven shirt, Ferdinand added: "He has to. If he wears the seven though he has to be there [at the club] for 10 years."

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