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Rio Ferdinand Names The One Signing Manchester United Should Prioritise Over Jadon Sancho

Rio Ferdinand Names The One Signing Manchester United Should Prioritise Over Jadon Sancho

Rio Ferdinand has stressed former side Manchester United must prioritise signing a central defender before the transfer window closes - with Dayot Upamecano the prime candidate.

Donny van de Beek remains United's only summer signing while deals for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Porto left-back Alex Telles are rumoured.

While both targets would add quality to United's squad, Ferdinand thinks a new defender should be the key target.

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Speaking to talkSPORT, the former Red Devils defender explained: "I've been banging the drum for a long time about buying a centre-half.

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"It's not going to solve every problem but it's one of the biggest problems.

"There's no dominant centre-half which makes the opposition think, 'I'm going to have to do something today to get any change out of him'.

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"You need that if you're going to win anything.

"Jadon Sancho is a generational talent who is here to stay, so you can understand the interest, but for me they need a centre-back."

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He then goes on to name RB Leipzig defender Upamecano, who impressed in last season's Champions League, as a target Ole Gunner Solskjaer should be focused on.

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"[Kalidou] Koulibaly has been spoken about for two or three years, he might have missed the boat due to his age. There's no resale value.

"Upamecano is the one who jumps out to me, when I watched the Champions League last year, he was the one who stood out to me.

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"If you sign Jadon Sancho, I think you still have the same problems as last season."

Following Tuesday's 3-0 victory over Luton Town, Solskjaer said he is currently working with the players he has.

"We're working with the ones we have [right now,]" he explained.

"Let's see what happens. We'll give you updates if there is something."

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Starting left-back Luke Shaw recently told TV2: "We have a very good group, but personally I think we need more players to strengthen the squad.

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"It can give us a boost. When you look around at how other teams are strengthening their teams, then we must also do it to keep up with the others."

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Topics: Football News, Football, Manchester United, Dayot Upamecano, Transfers, Man utd, Jadon Sancho, RB Leipzig

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Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.