Rio Ferdinand has recently picked the no.6-type player he believes Manchester United should target.
Man United need a no.6
It has been clear for a while now that the Reds need reinforcements in midfield.
Nemanja Matic is now past his best, leaving United without a quality defensive midfielder.
This has led Solskjaer to start both Scott McTominay and Fred in a midfield pivot.
However, this selection creates a number of problems, forcing Paul Pogba to be played out of position
Even more concerning, though, is the fact that, even when Fred and McTominay start together, United’s midfield can still look shaky at times.
Ferdinand picks Declan Rice
So, it is quite apparent that one of Man United’s top priorities at the moment should be signing a quality no.6-type player who can sit deep and allow the likes of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes advanced, attacking, central roles.
Manchester United and England legend Rio Ferdinand would be drawn on this very topic during a recent Twitter Q & A.
And, when asked what no.6 his former side should buy this summer, Ferdinand responded by tagging West Ham’s Declan Rice in his tweet:
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 14, 2021
Ferdinand also expanded on his views on Rice in a recent interview, whilst highlighting some other areas Man United need to improve in:
“With a position like Declan’s, it’s more: do Man Utd feel he’s an absolute need right now? Are there other areas in the team where they have a bigger desire to recruit for?
“I think centre-back, 100 per cent, and I think right wing, 100%.
“West Ham fans are going mad on social media by the way, they’re hammering me like, ‘Why you saying Man Utd should by him?!’ I was asked a question and I answered the question honestly. If Man Utd act on my information and my say-so, then so be it.
“I think whoever buys Declan Rice buys someone who’s going to be there and committed for 10 years, giving you top-quality service, and someone who will be a driver of the right culture at your football club.
“That’s what you’re buying. And obviously a player who’s still got levels to grow in his game, and who’s hungry.”
This article was edited by Ben Browning.
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