Rio Ferdinand frustrated Man Utd didn't sign Arsenal new boy Thomas Partey despite calling for transfer last season

RIO FERDINAND has vented his frustration at former club Manchester United for not signing Arsenal new boy Thomas Partey.

Ferdinand, 41, had been urging United to sign Partey last season but his pleas fell on deaf ears.

Partey, 27, then went to join their fierce rivals Arsenal and the new arrival was phenomenal against United who they beat 1-0 on the weekend.

Speaking on his performance to the FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: "Partey – what?! I said a while ago back in April or before that when I was talking about who United should buy – that was my guy!"

He was joined by other United legends such as Paul Scholes and Roy Keane who also revelled in his performance.

Scholes said: "You don’t see many players like that these days.

"Midfielders are attacking midfielders or holding midfielders but a midfield players’ job is to do everything.

"You have to contribute with everything and today he did a brilliant job in all departments."

Keane added to the praise and went as far as to compare him to Arsenal legend and foe Patrick Viera.

He said: "When you watch a player live, that's when you can judge.

"The more I watch him, the more I wish he was in the Man United midfield.

"I think this kid has got a chance of matching what Patrick [Vieira] used to do."

The former United player's opinions on Partey's performance were backed up by his amazing stats which show the impact he had on the game.

He put in the most successful tackles and won an incredible eleven duels.

The midfield powerhouse won three out of the four tackles he attempted – double the next highest made across both sides.

Along with his defensive capabilties, he also showed his attacking prowess and had the best passing accuracy of 93 per cent and the most dribbles completed, 4.

Out of the 59 passes he attempted, he completed 55 – the second most made on the park behind team-mate Mohamed Elneny.

The Gunners signed the Ghanian national on transfer deadline day for £45million.

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