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Alderweireld 'all day' over Maguire, says Man Utd legend Ferdinand

The former Red Devils defender would favour a move for a Tottenham defender over Leicester’s England international.

Toby Alderweireld: hoping to leave White Hart Lane.
Toby Alderweireld: hoping to leave White Hart Lane.

MANCHESTER UNITED SHOULD be favouring Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld over Leicester defender Harry Maguire, says Rio Ferdinand, while they also need to get the best out of Paul Pogba.

The Red Devils are scrambling around trying to find a new centre-half ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline, with several options having been considered as the summer window runs down.

Belgium international Alderweireld appears to have emerged as the favoured choice of Jose Mourinho, with Goal revealing that a compromise has been reached with Spurs over a fee, and that decision is supported by Ferdinand.

The former United defender told the Mirror: “Harry Maguire did great at the World Cup, but of the players potentially available he would not be my first choice. I would go for Alderweireld, all day long, because he is suited to the way United play.

“But it will take more than a quality defender to galvanise them, and this is where you have to respect Mourinho’s track record and his history of winning trophies.

“Do I think he will still be manager of Manchester United this time next year? Put it this way: I hope so, because if he is still there, it means they have been successful and won something.

“I wouldn’t write him off. He has won 20 trophies as a manager.”

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