Morgan Schneiderlin tipped to join Manchester United by Rio Ferdinand

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand is tipping Louis van Gaal to complete the signing of midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin this summer.

The Southampton star has been linked with a £24million move to Old Trafford in recent days, with the Daily Telegraph claiming a move from St Mary's could happen before the end of the current week.

Ferdinand, who spent 12-years with Manchester United after joining the club back in 2002, believes a deal is 'going to be done' and is confident the 25-year-old has the attributes to be a success at the Theatre of Dreams.

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"It looks like it's going to be done, and I think he's a player who is going to add something to Manchester United," he told #5 Magazine on YouTube.

"A bit of steal, can play the ball, can pass the ball through the lines in midfield and get the ball from back to front."

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Ferdinand, who retired from football this summer, went on to suggest that Schneiderlin could operate as a utility player for the Red Devils, with the ability to replace Michael Carrick if the England international was struck down by injury.

If the French international were to move to Old Trafford, then he'd hope to force his way into the first team in his own right as Louis van Gaal's side look to push on from last season and challenge for the Premier League title.

"I think he's a good player and a good addition to the squad, especially if someone like Michael Carrick - who is so influential to Manchester United - gets injured," added Ferdinand.

"I think this guy can step in and help buffer that. He's a very good player who is talented."

Brilliant Ferdinand 

Ferdinand began his professional career in 1996 and enjoyed his most successful spell with the Red Devils after Sir Alex Ferguson paid close to £30million to bring him to Old Trafford.

The 81-cap England international won six Premier League titles, three League Cups and one FA Cup, as well as the Champions League in 2008. He would form a formidable centre back partnership alongside Serbian international Nemanja Vidic.

Schneiderlin on the up

Schneiderlin, meanwhile, joined the Saints from Strasbourg back in 2008 and has been a huge hit on the south coast. He's represented the club with distinction in League One, the Championship and the Premier League.

After impressing in the English top flight in recent seasons, one of the major clubs appear set to come calling and a move to Manchester United would represent another significant step in the Les Bleus' star's career.

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