Dimitar Berbatov has hinted that he would like to see Manchester United sign Harry Maguire in the January transfer window.
Ed Woodward and the United hierarchy failed to deliver a new centre-back for Jose Mourinho in the summer with the likes of Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Leicester’s Maguire heavily linked.
Former United striker Berbatov reckons that if the club make a defensive signing then whoever they buy must be comfortable on the ball.
“It’s always difficult to buy someone that’s really good in the winter window so if you are lucky enough to buy someone then you need to keep in mind how he’s going to integrate with the team,” Berbatov told BT Sport .
“If it’s someone coming from a foreign league it can be more difficult than joining from an English team.
“If you’re buying a central defender then you also need to think about who you’re going to partner him with because you could buy a really good player but if it doesn’t work out then that just causes another problem.
“But I think they need someone at the back that’s comfortable on the ball and don’t buckle under pressure even when someone is attacking you.
“You need to be calm, be able to pass the ball into midfield and carry it. I think they need a player like that.
“I was really impressed with Harry Maguire in the World Cup because he was so composed on the ball and I like that quality in a defender because it benefits the whole team.”