Gary Neville compares Saliba to Man Utd legend as Arsenal defeats Crystal Palace

Gary Neville compares Saliba to Man Utd legend as Arsenal defeats Crystal Palace

Former Manchester United defender, Gary Neville has heaped praises on William Saliba after the Arsenal defender impressed in his Premier League debut.

Neville said Saliba reminds him of a “young Rio Ferdinand”.

Before the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Friday, the 21-year-old, who joined the Gunners for big money back in the summer of 2019, had failed to make a single league appearance for the club.

But Saliba was finally thrust into first-team action after a loan spell at Marseille last season.

The Frenchman made the most of his chance to make an impact and even picked up the man of the match award to cap a perfect night for the Gunners.

Afterwards, Neville compared Saliba to his old Manchester United and England teammate.

Neville said: “I think the most important thing for young players is just to play. He’s got football inside him, I was massively impressed by him. He reminded me of a young Rio Ferdinand.

“Crystal Palace away is a tough away game in the Premier League. They come at you. That’s a big night for him.”