Rio Ferdinand urges Manchester United to avoid signing Premier League duo

Rio Ferdinand urges Manchester United to avoid signing Premier League duo

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United to avoid signing Ruben Neves and Youri Tielemans, insisting that they aren’t the answers to United’s midfield problems.

Man United planned to sign a defensive midfielder last summer but failed in their pursuit and that has taken its toll when they crashed out of the Carabao Cup, FA Cup, and nowhere challenging for the Premier League title.

With United facing the prospect of parting ways with Paul Pogba at the end of the season, The Red Devils are expected to upgrade the squad’s midfield options in the summer.

Several midfielders including Ruben Neves were linked with moves to Old Trafford, with the Wolves midfielder linked with a January move to United but The Wanderers demanded £40million for the Portuguese services, hence why the deal didn’t progress.

Youri Tielemans, who has one year left on his current contract with Leicester City, is also on Manchester United’s radar.

The Belgian is also attracting interest from Arsenal. Man United would have to battle with The Gunners and other European sides if they want the Belgium international at Carrington.

Rio Ferdinand doesn't want Youri Tielemans and Ruben Neves at Manchester United
Rio Ferdinand doesn’t want Youri Tielemans and Ruben Neves at Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand rates both Neves and Tielemans but does not think both midfielders at Manchester United would make The Red Devils start challenging for big trophies.

When asked about Neves, Ferdinand said on his show Vibe with Five: ‘I like him, he’s fantastic, he keeps the ball as well as anyone, a really good footballer.’

But when it was put to him that United’s midfield next season should be Neves, Tielemans and Fernandes, Ferdinand replied: ‘That wouldn’t be my choice, I’ve got to be honest.

‘I like them, good players, but if you think that midfield is getting you any closer to the other teams I’d argue against it.

‘Mobility-wise we’d be lacking.’