Lindelof has been compared to Ferdinand for his playing style, and we at 90min were fortunate enough to catch up with the United and England legend recently.
Ferdinand, quizzed about Lindelof's qualities and rise to prominence ahead of this week's Champions League meeting with Paris Saint-Germain, admitted that there are qualities in Lindelof that remind him of himself in his playing days.
"There's one element of his game where I can see similarities - and that's his calmness," Ferdinand said. "He's very calm, never flustered. But I think his in first season - for a foreign player to come here from a league that's not as challenging as this one, in Portugal, I think it's difficult.
"He's shown character - that's a huge thing you need to be able to play for Man Utd - [you need to have] a good, strong character. His career at United didn't start well, but he's shown the character to come through tha
Ferdinand appeared in no doubt that Lindelof was the club's first choice centre back following his recent run in the team, and hinted that Solskjaer's presence at the club may have helped the 24-year-old settle in.
"He's first choice now. If you've got a first choice centre half on the books right now, he's the man holding the shirt."
United do have a number of other options in central defence - Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have recently signed new contracts, while Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo remain on the club's books - but Ferdinand believes the club will use the summer market to bring in a new top-quality centre half to play regularly alongside Lindelof.
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While stopping short of a name, Ferdinand did list the qualities United will need to identify in any new acquisition before confirming any arrival: "I think they'll buy someone to play with him. There's loads of good players out there, but it's about getting the right one.
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