Rio Ferdinand names four players Manchester United should sign this month

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has named four players he would like his former club to target in this month’s transfer window.

Ferdinand was watching as a pundit as United went down 2-0 to Arsenal in abject fashion on New Year’s Day.

And he has taken to Twitter to recommend a defender, midfielder and a striker for former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as well as naming a wildcard.

Who does Rio recommend?

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Despite the fact United have signed an expensive centre half in three of the past four summers, Ferdinand feels more is needed to bolster the area in which he used to play.

He recommended Kalidou Koulibaly, who has been linked with United for a number of windows now, currently at Napoli.

Rio also called for his Napoli team-mate Fabián Ruiz to bolster an engine room which has been weakened by injuries to Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba, having failed to replace Ander Herrera or Marouane Fellaini.

The Italian side are into the Champions League knockout rounds but it has not been a smooth season, with off-field unrest and the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.

Agustín Almendra, a teenager at Boca Juniors, is named as a ‘wildcard’ as a midfield option, also.

Ferdinand also wants to see the experience of Edinson Cavani bolster United’s frontline after the failure to land Erling Haaland, who has headed for Borussia Dortmund.

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Would Cavani be a good signing?

United should have tried to land Cavani around the time they signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Cavani offers a massive goal threat but is a selfless worker capable of fitting into numerous systems for the good of the team.

He finds himself outside Paris Saint-Germain’s first team once more and would remain a hugely impressive signing.

Given United were reportedly close to signing Mario Mandzukic in the summer to offer a short-term boost to their firepower, Cavani is on another level and would be an absolute no-brainer.

The biggest barrier is constant links to Atletico Madrid, with reports from Spain over Christmas suggesting his switch there is nearly done.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.