Rio Ferdinand expects Manchester United to trim the squad of centre-halves this summer, which could land captain Harry Maguire or last summer’s star signing Raphael Varane on the chopping block.
Having conceded a club-record high of 57 goals last campaign, the Red Devils are eager to sign a few defensive reinforcements to plug the leak 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, has been heavily linked with a summer move to Old Trafford.
Rio Ferdinand feels ‘one or two’ Manchester United defenders will leave the club this summer
Dutch international and Ajax centre-half Jurrien Timber has been heavily linked with 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’ll be interested to see what Ten Hag does in that area,’ the 43-year-old told Vibe with Five.
‘We’re talking about the young lad, Timber, at Ajax, a small centre-half.
‘I’ll be interested to see what happens with Varane, Lindelof and Maguire, Bailly as well, I think one or two of those will go.’
Red Devils captain Harry Maguire could be set to leave Old Trafford according to Ferdinand
France star Raphael Varane was blighted by injury during his debut season in Manchester
The defensive quartet cost the club a combined total of £182 million, but Manchester United have yet to find a consistent defensive pairing at centre-half.
Due to hamstring tears and muscular problems, Varane only managed 20 starts in the Premier League last season, whilst Maguire started just 28 despite owning the captain’s armband.
Bailly, having averaged eight matches per year over the last four seasons, is most likely to exit the club this summer.
Maguire, Varane, Victor Lindelof (left) and Eric Bailly (right) cost the Red Devils £182m in total