MANCHESTER UNITED legend Rio Ferdinand has given his verdict on who the club should sign this window.
New United manager Erik ten Hag is looking for reinforcements to bring the squad back up to standard after a dismal campaign last season.
And Ferdinand identified TWO targets the club should try and sign.
The former United captain identified West Ham star Declan Rice and Borussia Dortmund prodigy Jude Bellingham as “standout” candidates for the club’s recruitment team.
Speaking on his FIVE YouTube Channel, he said: “[Rice] brings an element that I think has been lacking at Man Utd, and I think it’s… for one so young… leadership and character.
“Similar could be said about Bellingham, the character, the fact he’s gone to another country at such a young age, 17, 18 years old and absolutely lit the world alight.
“The other stuff, the football stuff is brilliant, yeah, and you’ve got to have a certain level of that – I understand – but the overriding factor is the character.
“Them two are the standouts in that sense.”
United’s window kickstarted last week with the signing of Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord for £13million.
Negotiations remain underway for the club to sign Barcelona midfield ace Frenkie de Jong, but £24m in deferred payments over the Dutchman’s wages are stalling the completion of the deal.
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The club have also made big strides in trying to secure the signature of Ajax star Lisandro Martinez and have an agreement in place to sign Christian Eriksen.
However, the club have been rocked by Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer request, just days after he received a six-figure bonus.