Rio Ferdinand names two defenders Manchester United should try to sign

Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United to strengthen their defence (Picture: MEN) Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United to strengthen their defence with the signings of Kevin Danso and Ronald Araujo. United have spent significantly on centre-halves over the last two years but doubts over the durability of Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez, who has broken his foot twice in the space of six months, means Erik ten Hag is likely to be in the market for reinforcements. Despite his recent resurgence, doubts persist over Harry Maguire’s long-term future at Old Trafford, while veteran Jonny Evans was signed only as a stop gap during the summer. United are likely to take up the option to extend Victor Lindelof’s contract but Ferdinand believes an athletic, powerful defender is required to take United to the next level. ‘The boy at Lens, there’s one there, he’s good,’ Ferdinand told the Manchester Evening News. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video ‘The Uruguayan boy at Barcelona – Araujo. Whether he’s gettable or not, I think he’s brilliant. He’s an unreal centre half. ‘He has every attribute to be perfect for the Premier League. I’d probably say he’s the standout, but whether he’s gettable or not, I don’t know.’ ‘I’ve always said this – to be a successful team, you need that foundation of a solid defence and to be able to pick similar players,’ Ferdinand added. ‘I think you look at the teams that have won recently – Liverpool and Man City – they’ve had consistency in their backlines of players featuring, especially in important stages of the season. And maybe United haven’t been afforded that. ‘But Martinez has been a huge, huge loss. His personality, his character, his ability on the ball has been exactly what Ten Hag wants and United were at their best last season when those two were playing together. ‘But, again, with every person who falls away and gets injured, there’s an opportunity for someone else and at the moment, Harry Maguire seems to have that shirt. Hopefully that form continues now.’ MORE : Casemiro in ‘race against clock’ to be fit for Manchester derby, says Erik ten Hag MORE : Manchester United in talks with FA over controversial Alejandro Garnacho post, confirms Erik ten Hag For more stories like this, check our sport page. Follow Metro Sport for the latest news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Rio Ferdinand names two defenders  Manchester United should try to sign
Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United to strengthen their defence
Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United to strengthen their defence (Picture: MEN)

Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United to strengthen their defence with the signings of Kevin Danso and Ronald Araujo.

United have spent significantly on centre-halves over the last two years but doubts over the durability of Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez, who has broken his foot twice in the space of six months, means Erik ten Hag is likely to be in the market for reinforcements.

Despite his recent resurgence, doubts persist over Harry Maguire’s long-term future at Old Trafford, while veteran Jonny Evans was signed only as a stop gap during the summer.

United are likely to take up the option to extend Victor Lindelof’s contract but Ferdinand believes an athletic, powerful defender is required to take United to the next level.

‘The boy at Lens, there’s one there, he’s good,’ Ferdinand told the Manchester Evening News.

‘The Uruguayan boy at Barcelona – Araujo. Whether he’s gettable or not, I think he’s brilliant. He’s an unreal centre half.

‘He has every attribute to be perfect for the Premier League. I’d probably say he’s the standout, but whether he’s gettable or not, I don’t know.’

‘I’ve always said this – to be a successful team, you need that foundation of a solid defence and to be able to pick similar players,’ Ferdinand added.

‘I think you look at the teams that have won recently – Liverpool and Man City – they’ve had consistency in their backlines of players featuring, especially in important stages of the season. And maybe United haven’t been afforded that.

‘But Martinez has been a huge, huge loss. His personality, his character, his ability on the ball has been exactly what Ten Hag wants and United were at their best last season when those two were playing together.

‘But, again, with every person who falls away and gets injured, there’s an opportunity for someone else and at the moment, Harry Maguire seems to have that shirt. Hopefully that form continues now.’

MORE : Casemiro in ‘race against clock’ to be fit for Manchester derby, says Erik ten Hag

MORE : Manchester United in talks with FA over controversial Alejandro Garnacho post, confirms Erik ten Hag

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