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Rio Ferdinand insists Kieran Trippier does not have the right "profile of player" to be a right-back for Manchester United.
Trippier, 30, emerged as a target for the Red Devils some months ago and his stock increased with a fantastic La Liga-winning season at Atletico Madrid.
United have already seen a €12million (£10m) bid for the England international rejected, according to reports in Spain, with Atletico holding out for his €40million (£34m) release clause to be met.
But Ferdinand urged Old Trafford chiefs to look elsewhere in their search for a back-up for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, claiming Trippier "wouldn't be his first choice" for the role.
Trippier played a key role in Atletico's title-winning triumph this season
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"I don’t think they’d buy someone to come in and play [every week], I think whoever’s coming in there is going to be playing backup," Ferdinand told Metro .
"They spent £50million on Wan-Bissaka, not to be a backup or No. 2. He [Trippier] wouldn’t be my choice if I’m honest, but I see the qualities he has.
"But Trippier definitely wouldn’t be my choice in terms of the profile of player that I’d be bringing in to play as a No. 2 right-back."
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United are reportedly prioritising a new back-up right-back this summer to lessen the workload on Wan-Bissaka's young shoulders.
The 23-year-old made 54 appearances in all competitions this season, helping the Red Devils reach the Europa League final, where they fell short on penalties against Villarreal.
Wan-Bissaka picked up two goals and six assists during the campaign and reaffirmed his status as one of the best one-versus-one defenders in the Premier League.
Despite his steadfast performances, however, he was passed over for a spot in the England squad for Euro 2020.
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Instead, manager Gareth Southgate named Trippier alongside Manchester City's Kyle Walker, Chelsea's Reece James and Trent Alexander-Arnold as his four right-backs.
Alexander-Arnold has since withdrawn from the 26-man squad after an injury sustained against Austria last week, with Southgate opting to replace him with a centre-back in the form of Brighton's Ben White.
At the other end of the pitch, Harry Kane is among the frontrunners to scoop the European Championship Golden Boot, but Ferdinand anticipates the Tottenham striker will face fierce competition from two other marksmen.
"(Belgium's Romelu) Lukaku just scores all the time, his goalscoring record is unbelievable," said the former Three Lions defender.
"I think it depends how far they go in the tournament. If England get to the semis, I’m backing Kane to have been a big part of that and to have scored the goals to get us there. That applies with Belgium.
"(France's Kylian) Mbappe’s going to have a chance at it because I think France are going to go deep in the tournament. Those three would be my most probable standouts."