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A special report by the Manchester Evening News has recommended Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi as the best defensive midfielder to join Manchester United.

United are reported to be interested in signing Leicester City star, Ndidi by the January transfer window.

According to Manchester Evening News, United are prioritising the addition of a ‘game-changing’ defensive midfielder across the next two transfer windows and are desperate for a player who can make an immediate mark on the starting lineup by filling the current void

The report said Declan Rice of West Ham is believed to be United’s principal target, but Ndidi would be a more effective solution as an anchor.

“The Nigerian certainly struggles in regards to his distribution and progressive plays but with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba potentially playing ahead of him it might make more sense to complement their creativity with someone whose sole focus is to act as the destroyer in defensive midfield,” the report concluded.

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The report showed how important Ndidi defending has been at Leicester City.

Of the 25 top-flight matches which Ndidi has missed, ‘The Foxes’ have taken just 25 points from a possible 75, keeping only five clean sheets, conceding 39 goals and losing on 13 occasions.

“It’s impossible to find what we have in Wilf (Ndidi),” Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers admitted.

“We have good players, but specifically the job he does in breaking up the play and defending in the box, he’s irreplaceable.”

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