Rio Ferdinand: Why Man United must win the Europa League

Rio Ferdinand explains why Manchester United must do everything to win the Europa League this season

Rio Ferdinand has challenged Manchester United to win the Europa League this season as a route back into the Champions League.

Jose Mourinho has been charged with steering the Red Devils back into the Champions League in his first full season in charge at Manchester United.

The Red Devils face an uphill struggle to finish in the top four this season, with Manchester United currently sixth in the table as they bid to climb places before the end of the campaign.

Ferdinand feels that one of Manchester United’s top targets should be trying to win the Europa League this season.

The Red Devils take on Saint-Etienne in the first leg of their last 32 clash on Thursday night.

And Ferdinand has challenged the Red Devils to go and win the competition this season as they bid to lift trophies in Mourinho’s first campaign at the club.

Speaking to BT Sport on Saturday night, Ferdinand said: “They’ve got the squad and the experience to win the Europa League.

“Schweinsteiger has been added to the squad so they’ve got the people who know how to handle the big games and the big occasions.

“Ibrahimovic, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Carrick, Rooney – these guys have played in big games and have won silverware. They’ve got the personnel – it’s about going out and producing.”

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