“Watching him play in a two-man midfield for Bayern Munich I don’t think he needs to play in a forward role. I think he can play deeper and United’s players in that position – Fred, [Scott] McTominay, [Nemanja] Matic – have all done okay,” he explained.
“But if [Thiago] was there… I think he’s clever enough to intercept, read the game and do the things that a holding midfielder can.
“You don’t need to be six feet tall, tackle and quick to play in that position anymore. You just need to be intelligent and understand the game, and he’s got that in abundance.
“I don’t know why United wouldn’t try and get him, particularly if he was going to Liverpool because it would strengthen them.”
Those are certainly glowing commendations from two of United’s best players during the club’s most trophy-laden years and the fact Ferguson – one of the best coaches of all time – too is clearly a fan speaks volumes.
If Thiago can live up those words, Liverpool have got a special player on their hands and one who might help them remain a serious Premier League and Champions League contender for several more years just yet. And if he can frustrate their biggest rivals at the same time? Even better.
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