Rio Ferdinand: This is how Man United will rate chances of winning Champions League

The Manchester United legend believes the players will know improvements need to be made to win the Champions League next term

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand insists the current Manchester United squad will know that Jose Mourinho will need to make improvements if they want to win the Champions League next season.

The Red Devils missed out on a top-four finish in their first season under Mourinho to leave their participation in next season’s Champions League in doubt.

However, Manchester United managed to win 2-0 against Dutch side Ajax in the Europa League on Wednesday night to secure a spot in next season’s Champions League group-stage draw.

Mourinho has won the Champions League twice with FC Porto and Inter Milan during his distinguished managerial career so far.

The Red Devils, on the other hand, haven’t lifted Europe’s biggest prize since 2008 when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties in Moscow.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side lost to Barcelona in the Champions League final in Rome in 2009 before suffering defeat at the hands of the La Liga side again at Wembley in 2011.

Speaking about what the Manchester United squad will be thinking in terms of winning the Champions League next season, Ferdinand said:

“I don’t think anyone in the Manchester United dressing room would be saying they can win Champions League with the team right now and the way they have been playing this season.

“I don’t believe that either.”

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