Ferdinand comments on United's summer business as he responds to fans on social media

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has conducted a Twitter Q&A.

He touched on United’s summer transfer business, which is yet to get going and is complicated by the European Championship.

The Jadon Sancho talk has flared up again in recent days and Ferdinand urged United to get the deal done.

Then again, he did the same last summer and we’re still waiting for him to arrive.

When asked which holding midfielder United should sign this summer, Ferdinand named Sancho’s England teammate Declan Rice.

Rice shone yesterday as England beat Croatia 1-0 to kick off their Euro 2020 campaign.

Harry Maguire was still not fit enough to even get a spot on the bench. But Ferdinand was asked which central defender would be the United skipper’s ideal partner.

He went for Marquinhos, who scored against United in Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford in December.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is clearly a fan of the Brazilian 27-year-old, too.

Before United faced PSG, Solskjaer called Marquinhos one of the best defenders in the world.

On the topic of defenders, Ferdinand was asked whether Sir Alex Ferguson ever considered going with a back three during his reign.

The answer was unequivocal.

Ferdinand also spoke about England matters during his career, claiming that United legends Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes were both underused by their country.

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