Ferdinand urges Man Utd to sign two centre-backs; reveals what’s ‘killing’ Harry Maguire

Pundit Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has told Manchester United to sign two big-name centre-backs, and revealed what is ‘killing’ current player Harry Maguire.

The England international tends to be the first port of call for criticism whenever United put in a disappointing performance. And his £80million transfer fee, which remains a world-record sum for a defender, is consistently brought up.

Earlier this month, former United man Paul Parker told the club to part ways with their skipper.

“If United, in my opinion, were to get somewhere near to their money back on Harry Maguire, I think they’ll have to think about it,” he told the Daily Express.

“I think [Victor] Lindelof and [Raphael] Varane, they could build something on there maybe, in a mode of what they’re looking for and where the club wants to be.”

Parker added: “I don’t know if it’s going to happen. Me, personally, for United to go forward, that’s the starting area.”

The Red Devils are reportedly hoping to sign Ronald Araujo from Barcelona. They are ‘pushing hard’ to land the central defender as contract talks with Barca continue to stall.

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Ferdinand thinks Ralf Rangnick’s side should bring in Araujo, as well as another world-class star.

“I would sign Marquinhos. I would sign the Uruguayan at Barcelona [Araujo],” Ferdinand told his Vibe with Five Youtube channel (via CaughtOffside).

The pundit then spoke about Maguire and why he is struggling under the United spotlight.

“What’s killing for him is it seems week after week someone is questioning something about Harry Maguire, and it’s quite glaring,” Ferdinand said.

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“And listen, we’ve all been through moments like this, in my career it happened. But a lot of the time it’s luck.

“There’s moments in careers like Harry Maguire is going through now where everything you seem to do there seems to be a problem, there’s a mistake.

“Every mistake you make gets punished and highlighted. Whereas sometimes in my career where I was making mistakes but they didn’t score, or the keeper pulled me out of it, or [Nemanja] Vidic made a tackle.

“That’s what happens in a team, it’s riding that little bit of luck you need. And Harry Maguire, I think he needs a little bit of luck to get out of this dip in form he’s got right now.”

Edinson Cavani next destination revealed

Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano has confirmed the desire of Edinson Cavani to leave United this summer, with the transfer guru also revealing his most likely next destination.

Cavani is highly likely to move on this summer. And Romano provides an update on the state of play.

He claims Cavani’s plan to leave Manchester will soon be confirmed by the star himself and the club.

The 35-year-old will be available on a free transfer as his contract expires on June 30.

Cavani wants a ‘new experience’ and he is pushing to play in La Liga for the first time. Spain is his ‘priority’, meaning he could sign for Barcelona or Atletico later this year.

Teams from South America have also made approaches to Cavani and his entourage. However, his most likely next destination is La Liga, given his transfer preference.

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