Manchester United are in a messed up state and are unlikely to find a positive end to the season due to their horrid run of form. However, Rio Ferdinand thinks otherwise.
Manchester United drew 2-2 with Arsenal at the Old Trafford on Wednesday night. The Red Devils had to respond twice via Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to trails and would have certainly been the happier team going home with just a point. However, their problems are still grave as they remain eighth in the Premier League standings and 5 points behind the top four places.
Several fans and legends have already laid down their hands to a United sign which is suffering because of poor decisions by the manager and the board of directors, and in the middle, players are being sandwiched and made victims of failures as well. Rio Ferdinand has now given his verdict on what he thinks of the Red Devils’ progress thus far.
“There is a big difference in class [between Manchester United and the Premier League top two] but it wasn’t this game that showed us that, we knew that coming into this game because Liverpool and [Manchester] City, I think, are a cut above the rest in this league. Everyone else is in the chasing pack,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport. “Man United, they’re in eighth at the moment and looking at the league table isn’t a pretty sight at all, as a Man United fan, and the supporters won’t be happy with that, but the players need to build on this, they started the game with some form of intensity, they got a decent result against a team that are in form – Arsenal. So that’s something to build on. You’ve got to take the positives from somewhere and that’s the job of the management to say: ‘Right, there were certain things we can take positives from, then build on it.'”
Manchester United are now winless in three consecutive Premier League matches. A 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace was followed up by two 2-2 stalemates against Southampton and Arsenal over the course of the last week. Normally so, the pressure on Jose Mourinho has increased yet again and the 55-year-old could face the sack if they fail to win against Fulham on the coming weekend.
Rio Ferdinand knows the Manchester United demands and climaxes better than any other player sitting in the offices at this point in time and is correct with his words. Manchester United need to react and do something to restore their pride. They are already going through the agony of watching arch-rivals Manchester City run away with yet another Premier League title.