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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed his list of top five under-21 players in the Premier League.
The former Manchester United defender went for the likes of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Manchester City’s Phil Foden, United’s Mason Greenwood, Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli and Chelsea’s Reece James.
There was no space for Chelsea’s Mason Mount in the team.
Speaking on his admiration for Reece James, Ferdinand said: “This boy, I like him. The way he plays, his crossing puts teams under pressure.
“There’s a devilment in his passing. He wants to hurt the opposing team. Becks [David Beckham] used to do it, Trent does it, when they cross a ball from out wide, they make the defender if they’re not positioned right, they end up having face their own goal and put the ball out for a corner or a throw. And if it comes back into play it’s a difficult ball to clear on their weak side.
“He’s all-round, I think he’s got so much growth in his game, he’s versatile, he can play centre-half, right-back, central midfield. The kid has got it all and it looks like he’s got a great temperament, which is huge.
“Physically, he’s like a light-middleweight boxer. He’s strong, quick, solid aggressive. I think Frank will find a position for him to play regularly next season.”