The Red Devils spent big to acquire the services of a highly-rated 18-year-old, and a club legend can see him succeeding at Old Trafford.
Amad Diallo can have the same impact for Manchester United as Cristiano Ronaldo “if he applies himself right”, suggests Rio Ferdinand.
Man United struck a deal for Diallo with Atalanta last October with the player completing the switch in January.
Considered one of the brightest young talents in Europe, the 18-year-old cost the Red Devils an initial £19 million up front, and the fee could rise up to £37 million.
Like Diallo, Ronaldo was also 18 when he moved to Old Trafford from Sporting back in 2003.
Ferdinand believes Diallo can also turn into a ‘world-beater’ like the five-time Ballon d’Or winner if he keeps his head down.
“We’ve just bought a kid in from Atalanta and hopefully he does something,” the ex-Man United defender said on the Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE podcast.
“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. That is the thought of Manchester United people that this kid is one they have unearthed.
Ferdinand added: “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.”