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Ferdinand urges Man Utd not to sell Pogba

AFP  |  London 

Former United defender has warned the club not to sell France star and instead to focus on strengthening the squad.

Speculation about the midfielder's future is rife, with reports of interest from Barcelona, but Ferdinand has told he must keep hold of the 25-year-old.

has already predicted a "difficult season" if United do not do more business before the transfer window shuts on Thursday.

Ferdinand, who made more than 450 appearances for the club, wants to stay and Spurs defender to come in.

Referring to reports that Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, is looking at the as a possible new home for his player, Ferdinand said: "Don't you dare allow this ED... #MUFC is Pogba's home!! Silence these rumours ASAP & get @AlderweireldTob through the door." United start their campaign on Friday at home to and, speaking on Sunday, Mourinho told MUTV: "My knows what I want and I still have a few days to wait and see what happens.

"The other clubs who compete with us are really strong and already have fantastic teams. Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody."

United's build-up to the new campaign has been dominated by Mourinho's clear frustration over transfers, which has brought his relationship with Woodward into the spotlight.

The only arrivals at Old Trafford this summer have been Brazilian Fred, teenage full-back and back-up

Pogba, a key member of the French team that won in last month, was part of United's youth set-up but, short of first-team opportunities, opted to join Juventus in 2012.

Mourinho brought the Frenchman back to in 2016 for a then world-record fee of 89 million pounds ($115 million) but he struggled last season, left out of the starting line-up or substituted on a number of occasions.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 16:55 IST