Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he doesn’t want Manchester United to sign Amadou Onana.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ferdinand compared the Belgian to Marouane Fellaini and said the potential transfer ‘isn’t for him’.

Everton have been facing tough competition to keep hold of Onana this summer – a year on from his £33 million move from Lille.

The 21-year-old enjoyed an impressive debut campaign in the Premier League, despite Everton only retaining their top flight status on the final day.

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Onana has already been linked with a host of clubs and Manchester United now look the most likely to capture his signature, if he is to leave Goodison Park.

The Red Devils are eager to bolster their midfield following Fred’s move to Fenerbahce and see Onana as a potential alternative to their main target, Sofyan Amrabat.

“Not for me, that,” he told his YouTube channel.

“I think he has really good attributes. But I don’t think for Man United. That’s like Fellaini. That’s like buying Fellaini for Man United. Fellaini had unbelievable attributes, not for Man United.”

Is Amadou Onana good enough to play for Manchester United?

Amadou Onana was definitely one of very few positives to take from Everton’s 2022-23 campaign, but there is probably a reason why the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United had yet made an offer for him.

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The Belgian has huge potential but probably isn’t quite at that level yet, while the Toffees’ huge price tag makes it even less intriguing.

The Red Devils clearly only see Onana as an alternative if they can’t find another midfielder and it seems very unlikely that he would make a mark on their team for a number of years if he was to move to Old Trafford.

Onana would largely benefit from another season or two on Merseyside before he considered making a move to some of Europe’s elite.

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