Rio Ferdinand makes prediction about Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire at Manchester United
Man Utd great Ferdinand has been speaking about a potential defensive partnership between Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes that Raphael Varane would make an excellent defensive partner for club captain Harry Maguire if his protracted transfer from Real Madrid goes through.
Varane has been linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer after it became clear that he wants to leave the Bernabeu for a new challenge after ten years at the club.
United are interested and have made him their No.1 target for the centre-back position alongside Maguire — but there is some distance between their valuation of the player and Real Madrid's at the moment.
Ferdinand, who played centre-back for 12 years for United and won six Premier League titles and a Champions League, believes that Varane's pace and experience is exactly what is missing from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's back line.
Speaking on his official YouTube channel 'Vibe with Five', Ferdinand said: "He brings an absolute winning mentality. I think he's played in 14 finals and won 14. So there's an absolute winning mentality, he knows how to win, he's got great experience and he's an unbelievable specimen by the way.
"I've been saying alongside Maguire he needs someone with some pace the way Man United play.
"When I've seen Man United in problems and in trouble in games, a lot of the time teams have been given a bit of confidence or seen a chink in the armour of Man United when they see they can get people one v one or play the ball over the defence, into one of the channels and then it's a race.
"We haven't had the players quick enough to do that in the centre-back areas. If you get someone like him, people start thinking 'well we ain't gonna play the ball over the top cos Varane is gonna eat that up.' Someone like him, he'll bring that authority I hope to the back line."
Ferdinand was then asked if Varane was world class and replied emphatically: "Yeah he is, 100 per cent."