Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has advised Manchester United to write off the next two years, and focus on rebuilding, as it could take a while before the club start challenging for trophies again.
The Red Devils haven’t won any trophy since winning the Europa League five years ago, and are far off the pace when compared to clubs like Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.
United’s hopes of winning anything this season hinge on UEFA Champions League success, but even that isn’t guaranteed at this point, considering the calibre of opposition we could meet.
And with Ralf Rangnick only in charge until the end of the season, Ferdinand believes it could take a few more years before United start competing for major trophies again, and has advised Man United’s hierarchy to borrow a leaf from Liverpool, and allow our next permanent manager time to build, like Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp.
He said on Vibe With Five, “The problem I have is that Ralf has come in but then you’re going to have to change it again for someone else’s style of football. It’s then going to be another upheaval, new style to implement and players understanding that.
“I think personally United have got to write off the next year or two in terms of trophies, minimum – say “we’re going to rebuild what we have, get our recruitment right and there is a certain style of play under this new manager that we are going to go with and he is going to have time to get it all right, there is going to be mistakes, a few things that go wrong but we are going to stick with this guy and give him a minimum of two years to work it out” and see the progress and that development happen.
“It’s going to take that long, and you can’t have that transition and win. It doesn’t happen. Liverpool didn’t do it. How long did it take Klopp to win? You have to take a leaf out of other team’s books.
“Sometimes you’ve got to humble yourself and take stock and say in reality, that is where we are at.”