Liverpool legend, Phil Thompson has come to hail Dayot Upamecano after recent criticism from Rio Ferdinand.
Phil recently revealed that even if Man Utd thrashed a Leipzig first XI that had Dayot in it, it is not the Frenchman’s fault since the entire team was all over the place.
According to him, Virgil van Dijk also played in the 7-2 Liverpool defeat vs Aton Villa, but that does not stop anyone from calling him one of the best defenders in the world.
He added that shockers happen to all players and even Ferdinand has had a few shockers as a pundit.
Ferdinand had said, “[Rashford] He was head and shoulders above Leipzig.
“He made some defenders, who we were raving about before the game, look like schoolboys. I thought Upamecano had a nightmare today.”
Phil responded, “I’ve seen he’s been linked with Liverpool as well as Man Utd now, and of course, after their result, you’d be wondering whether it’s the right call.
“Though on saying that, you could say the same thing about Virgil van Dijk if you had only ever seen him play in that game [7-2 loss] against Aston Villa.
“You have your off days – everyone does. RB Leipzig have had a fantastic start to their season, they didn’t look like that in the second half at Old Trafford, United were all over them.
“Upamecano was all over the place, but so was the entire team. But don’t be fooled. He’s a very good defender and there’ll be a lot of people looking at him because he is making a lot of waves.
“There’s not a lot of quality centre-backs available in Europe at the moment, and I know Rio Ferdinand wasn’t happy with his performance… But I think I remember Rio having one or two bad games himself!
“One or two shockers, it happens to everybody. He’s had a couple of shockers as a pundit, too, we’ve all seen the ‘give it to Ole!’ rant a million times.”