Rio Ferdinand sends message to Man United board about summer transfers

Man United legend Rio Ferdinand wants summer signings with the right mentality to succeed at Old Trafford

Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand (Photo: BT Sport)

Rio Ferdinand has warned the Manchester United board that it takes a certain type of player to thrive at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils have managed to get their season back on track in recent months following the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Jose Mourinho’s replacement.

Manchester United have managed to rekindle their hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four after overhauling Chelsea FC in the table.

Solskjaer has the chance to become the first manager since Sir Alex Ferguson to lead Manchester United into the Champions League semi-finals if the Red Devils can beat FC Barcelona in the last eight next month.

Manchester United are bound to be linked with a host of top players in the coming months as the Red Devils look to close ground on title challengers Liverpool FC and Manchester City.

However, their recruitment policy has been hit and miss in the post-Ferguson era under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Mourinho.

Now, former Manchester United defender Ferdinand highlighted what type of player the Red Devils should look to sign in the summer transfer window.

“We have tried different managers, tried different philosophies and finally we have gone back to what worked in the past and what will work in the future,” Ferdinand told the Irish Independent, as quoted by Metro.

“I just hope the club’s owners realise that the way they have run the club and the managerial changes they have made at a rapid rate is not how United works. You need people in charge of the team that understand this club and that is what we have got now.

“Manchester United is not like every other club and people who don’t understand that will fail when they go there. The pictures are on the walls to remind you of United’s history and in the last few years, the club has moved away from what makes it special.

“Every player who walks through the door at United needs to have a certain DNA and too many have been signed by the club in recent years that lack those qualities.

“It’s not just talent, it’s much more than that. Are you good enough to be a United player, do you want it enough, do you understand what it means to wear the shirt and represent the club.”

Manchester United were 3-1 winners against French side Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their last-16 tie to secure their place in the quarter-finals earlier this month.

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