On his Vibe with Five channel, Rio Ferdinand picked Declan Rice and John McGinn as potential defensive midfield signings for Manchester United.
Ferdy explained: “I think you’re getting two good characters.
I think character is one of the main elements that we need – obviously, you look for a certain amount of class and quality in the players.
“But I think you need to build the right characters within this squad going forward if you’re going to improve – get the culture right at the football club and you need players to drive that, so if you’re buying and are in the recruitment team this year, I think that’s a big element that needs to be addressed.”
The Old Trafford legend continued: “I think some would say, ‘oh John McGinn not a sexy enough signing’, but I think he’s a very good player and by all accounts a very good lad, a great professional, not afraid to say what he wants to say to people to get the best out of them.
“He’d be good in that element and on the pitch I think he would be good enough.
“Is he going to elevate us to being Champions League and Premier League winners? Probably not based on just ability, but I think character stands for a lot in this game.
“Declan Rice, I’ve said enough about him. I love this player, I love this guy. If you’re one of the top teams, you want to build a team around him.”
Although the West Ham midfielder, 23, will have two years left on his contract at the end of the season, he’s valued at a whopping £100 million.
The Red Devils have tried to sign him before but balked at the price tag.
Nevertheless, United are expected to sign a proper defensive midfielder and a striker in the summer transfer window. There haven’t been any concrete links with the Aston Villa man thus far.