Rio Ferdinand: Why Man United won’t win title and will finish fourth
Former Man United defender Rio Ferdinand runs rule over Red Devils's prospects this Premier League this season
Rio Ferdinand has warned Manchester United to forget about challenging for the Premier League title this season.
The Red Devils were 3-1 winners against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday evening thanks to goals from Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial.
United supporters have to go away and re-educate themselves and not expect gung-ho football
Louis van Gaal’s side are in second place but five points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City after five games.
And former United centre-half Ferdinand believes a top-four finish is a more realistic target for the 20-time English champions this season.
“United will finish in the top four in the Premier League, but I don’t think they’ll go close to winning it,” Ferdinand is quoted as saying by Daily Express.
“I think they are better equipped for the Champions League because their personnel is more suited to a slower approach than hustle and bustle. But they won’t win it. I can’t see any English team winning it this season. Barcelona will do that again.
“United supporters have to go away and re-educate themselves and not expect gung-ho football. It’s a totally different club now.”
Van Gaal led United to a fourth-place finish in his first season in charge of the 13-time Premier League champions.
The Dutchman was appointed as Red Devils manager in May 2014 after David Moyes’s doomed spell at Old Trafford.
United make the trip to Southampton at St Mary’s in their next Premier League game on Sunday afternoon.