Raphael Varane has been heavily linked with Manchester United this summer.
The French defender’s contract with Real Madrid is set to expire next summer and the Spanish giants should sell him this summer to avoid losing him on a free deal next year.
Man United are on the lookout for a partner for club captain Harry Maguire and Ferdinand is already excited about the prospect of Maguire and Varane playing together.
“He brings an absolute winning mentality,” he said on his Vibe with Five podcast. “I think he’s played in 14 finals and won 14. So there’s an absolute winning mentality, he knows how to win, he’s got great experience and he’s an unbelievable specimen by the way.
“I’ve been saying alongside Maguire he needs someone with some pace the way Man United play.
“When I’ve seen Man United in problems and in trouble in games, a lot of the time teams have been given a bit of confidence or seen a chink in the armour of Man United when they see they can get people one v one or play the ball over the defence, into one of the channels and then it’s a race.
“We haven’t had the players quick enough to do that in the centre-back areas. If you get someone like him, people start thinking ‘well we ain’t gonna play the ball over the top cos Varane is gonna eat that up.’ Someone like him, he’ll bring that authority I hope to the back line.”