Rio Ferdinand has personally recommended Manchester United sign Norwich defender Ben Godfrey, report The Mail.

Godfrey has had an outstanding season for the Canaries, leading the team to promotion from the Championship in first place.

At just 21, he is a bright prospect, who has also represented England at youth level.

The Mail report he is a client of Rio Ferdinand’s New Era agency and describe the former United captain as a ‘mentor’ to Godfrey.

It is claimed that Ferdinand has tipped United off about the promising young centre-back.

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Godfrey is an athletic defender whose counts speed among his top attributes. This is understandable with his dad a former rugby league player. report that Godfrey had the highest pass completion rate of any player in the Championship last season to play 30 games or more.

If United are going to make a move, it’s sensible to do it this summer before his price soars once he plays in the Premier League.

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Just two years older than Matthijs De Ligt, Godfrey lacks the elite level experience, but the Championship is a gruelling league and he has passed that test with flying colours.

If United could agree a reasonable price, Godfrey might be worth taking a chance on.

Rio Ferdinand obviously has his business interests, but he knows a thing or two about defending, and with his reputation on the line, he would be tipping a dud to follow in his footsteps at Old Trafford.

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