“One or two of them will go” – Rio Ferdinand reveals these two stars will push to leave Manchester United

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With Erik ten Hag keen on signing a centre-back this summer, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly could be among the players who are pushing to leave Manchester United this summer.

United remain in the market for a new central defender and Ferdinand believes two centre-backs from Ten Hag’s squad could look to quit Old Trafford before the end of the window.

“I’ll be interested to see what Ten Hag does in that area,” Ferdinand said on 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, Eric Bailly as well, I think one or two of those will go.”

Speaking about Manchester United centre-back Raphael Varane who joined from Real Madrid last summer, Ferdinand added: “He went from one team, the honours there tell you it was a functioning team at the top level, all players playing to their maximum consistently, and went into an absolute reverse situation where the team has zero functionality, no confidence, no guidance and no structure of where they’re going.

“He went into an alien scenario where he’s going, ‘I have not seen this since youth team football’.

“To go from that world-class operating and culture and standard on a daily basis to what is at Manchester United is a huge, huge shift.

“He’s probably sitting there like a rabbit in the headlights thinking, ‘wow, what is this?’

“He hasn’t been the player we expected him to be when he came here, he would tell you that, he couldn’t tell you anything else.

“I think he’ll be saying, ‘I’ve got to up levels next year, I need help, I need teammates’.

“He’s probably realised, because as players when you’re at your best form and you’re winning, sometimes the ego talks loud, ‘I’m a massive part of why we are what we are’. When really, you all need each other as much as one another, you need teammates to be the best.

“Messi, Ronaldo, Zidane, Ronaldinho, these players do not do what they do without teammates, when they accept these accolades and these awards they always thank teammates straight away because they know that, you need them, without them you’re not the superstar and the figure you are.”

Varane joined Manchester United from Real Madrid last summer on a four-year deal until June 2025 for a fee believed to be around £41m including add-ons.

He made 360 appearances for Real Madrid, winning 18 trophies before joining Manchester United last summer.

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