- Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland are the two hottest youngsters currently
- Rio Ferdinand wants Man United to sign either of them to compete for titles next season
- The Red Devils are currently second on the Premier League table with 50 points after 26 games
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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged his former club to do all they can to sign either Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland this summer.
The retired centre-back suggested that the move will help the Red Devils capitalise on the improvement under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.
Rio added that landing any of the two players will make United serious title contenders in the coming seasons.
The former England international also added that the Old Trafford outfit must bring another central defender in time for next term.
Ferdinand seems satisfied with Man United's improvement under Solskjaer across all competitions this season, and he showered praises on the Norwegian on his Five YouTube channel and reported by Daily Mail.
"Manchester United were playing catch up from everybody last season. They finished 30 points behind Liverpool last season, now they’re above them.
"That’s a big, big achievement in that sense. I see progress. I still see room for improvement, we definitely need to buy a centre-back, a commanding centre-back with pace.
"Cavani, yes, he’s a good stopgap but (we need) a centre forward. 'f people like Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe are available, you can’t allow them to go somewhere else and you need to move heaven and earth to get them here.
"United are used to having superstars and those boys would change the narrative at this football club, that’s how good they are.
"There’s room for improvement and opportunity to improve this squad, there are players out there available, it seems. We need to be in the mix."
Meanwhile, both Haaland and Mbappe might face difficulties in their futures at their respective clubs.
Borussia Dortmund are currently fifth in the Bundesliga standings, three points outside the top four and failure to qualify for the Champions League might see Haaland leave with Chelsea also interested in him.
Mbappe, on the other hand, has about 18 more months on his current deal with PSG and Real Madrid and Liverpool are monitoring his progress but the French League will only sell for £174m.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Kylian Mbappe has stated clearly that he is happy at Paris Saint-Germain and he is not thinking about leaving the club anytime soon.
The forward is one of the best youngsters in the world considering his performances for the French club since he joined the club from Monaco.
His impressive games for PSG in all competitions made him become a target for the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus, and Liverpool.
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