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Rio Ferdinand tells Antony & Sancho to copy Arsenal star

Rio Ferdinand wants Manchester United wingers Antony and Jadon Sancho to learn from Leandro Trossard and bring more ‘risk’ to their attacking play.

Antony and Sancho have both had mixed campaigns at Old Trafford and Ferdinand believes they are capable of more.

Antony has scored seven goals in 29 matches for the Red Devils since his £82m transfer move from Ajax last summer.

Sancho, meanwhile, has scored five goals in 23 games, spending a period of time away from the first-team due to physical and mental problems.

Speaking on the FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: ‘If Antony looks at his season he will sit there and go, “I’m not where I want to be, I’m not doing what I thought I would be by now”.

‘Yes he’s popped up with some important goals here and there but I think if he’s honest with himself he will think there needs to be more to come from him.

‘We have to be patient as a fan-base with that. Not everyone hits the ground running. I hope he gets the time to prove what he can do.

‘There’s one part of Antony and Jadon Sancho’s game that I think needs to improve, and that’s taking more risks.

‘You don’t get anything in this game without taking risks. You don’t have success without taking risks, you don’t win trophies without taking risks.

‘Alex Ferguson used to say to us all the time that he doesn’t want safe from forwards. That’s what I love about Bruno Fernandes, by the way.

‘He just needs some weapons in front of him. If he’s got people in front of him making runs and taking risks, he’s a problem for any team.’

With Antony and Sancho struggling for inspiration in the final third, Ferdinand says both should take a leaf out of Trossard’s book.

The Belgian star enjoyed an impressive first-half to the campaign at Brighton and has already hit the ground running since his January move to Arsenal.

Trossard has registered five assists for the Gunners, with three of them coming in 45 minutes on Sunday as Arsenal thrashed Fulham to restore their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Ferdinand added: ‘Trossard, for me, has been a masterstroke signing. He gives Arsenal that depth in wide areas and up front.

‘Arsenal had [Bukayo] Saka and [Gabriel] Martinelli producing miracles all season but who can come in if one of them gets injured or needs a rest? It’s Trossard now.

‘He was the one player at Brighton who I was surprised hadn’t gone earlier. Every time I watched him he did something in the game. He’s a Belgium international too.

‘When you talk about wide players not taking risks, this guy takes risk. He gets the ball, he goes forward, he plays one-twos, he dribbles, he takes people on and he can see a pass.

‘He is doing everything and more that Arteta would have wanted from him as a new signing. He’s had a massive impact at Arsenal.’

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