Former United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Reece James is better than Trent Alexander-Arnold at this moment, due to his defensive and offensive capabilities.
“On the ball, I believe he [James] is equally as good as Trent, but defensively he is a notch up in one versus one situations,” said Ferdinand.
“That’s the difference between them at the moment. It is a great subplot for the Premier League.
“The best players have a rivalry and they will push each other. In my eyes, Reece is ahead right now, but Trent will come out of this spell and that could change.
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“He was up against Leao, and if he didn’t know, Reece James knew after 10 mins he was in for a tough night,’ said the former England defender.
“I was screaming up here, James faces him up and gets left early. Then he is worrying. But in the second half he decided he would be aggressive, didn’t let Leao behind, took the ball, then Leao knew he was in for a fight.
“He also said I’ll defend you but I’ll go the other way too.”
James and Trent both scored in their Champions League matches for Chelsea and Liverpool.