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Rio Ferdinand predicts ‘one or two’ of Varane, Lindelof, Maguire and Bailly will leave Man United

‘Varane, Lindelof, Maguire, Bailly…I think one or two of those will disappear’: Rio Ferdinand suggests Manchester United could sell their captain or last year’s star signing – or even both – in their central defense

  • Rio Ferdinand believes Man United will ax ‘one or two’ defenders this summer
  • Ajax center defender Jurrien Timber is strongly linked to a move to Old Trafford
  • Ferdinand feels Raphael Varane and club captain Harry Maguire are in danger
  • Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly are also firmly on the chopping block of the Red Devils
  • The defensive quartet has cost Manchester United a total of £182 million

Rio Ferdinand expects Manchester United to cut their centre-half roster this summer, which could put captain Harry Maguire or last summer’s star signing Raphael Varane on the chopping block.

After a club record 57 goals last season, the Red Devils are keen to sign a few defensive reinforcements to plug the gap ahead of Erik ten Hag’s debut season in Manchester.

Top transfer target Jurrien Timber, who developed a fruitful relationship with Ten Hag during his time at Ajax, is strongly associated with a summer move to Old Trafford.

Rio Ferdinand thinks 'one or two' Manchester United defenders will leave the club this summer

Rio Ferdinand thinks ‘one or two’ Manchester United defenders will leave the club this summer

Dutch international and Ajax center back Jurrien Timber is strongly linked to the club

Dutch international and Ajax center back Jurrien Timber is strongly linked to the club

His arrival could spell the end for ‘one or two’ of Maguire, Varane, Victor Lindelof or Eric Bailly, according to former Manchester United legend Ferdinand.

“I am curious what Ten Hag is doing in that area,” says the 43-year-old Atmosphere with Five.

‘We are talking about the young lad Timber at Ajax, a small central defender.

“I wonder what will happen to Varane, Lindelof and Maguire, Bailly too, I think one or two will disappear.”

Red Devils captain Harry Maguire would according to Ferdinand .  can leave Old Trafford

Red Devils captain Harry Maguire would according to Ferdinand . can leave Old Trafford

French star Raphael Varane was plagued by injury during his debut season in Manchester

French star Raphael Varane was plagued by injury during his debut season in Manchester

The defensive quartet cost the club a total of £182 million, but Manchester United have yet to find a consistent defensive combination in the middle half.

Due to hamstring tears and muscle problems, Varane only started 20 times in the Premier League last season, while Maguire only started 28 despite the captaincy.

Bailly, who has played an average of eight games a year for the past four seasons, is likely to leave the club this summer.

Victor Lindelof is another potential name on the chopping block after United's disastrous season in defence

Eric Bailly only made four Premier League appearances in the past campaign

Maguire, Varane, Victor Lindelof (left) and Eric Bailly (right) have cost the Red Devils a total of £182 million



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