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‘Forget Winning a Trophy!’ – Rio Ferdinand Names Man Utd Priority After Identifying Key ‘problem’

Rio Ferdinand knows the importance of Champions League football (Picture: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand insists Manchester United’s only priority right now is ensuring they secure Champions League football next season.

United were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw against Burnley on Tuesday night, Jay Rodriguez cancelling out Paul Pogba’s opener, to leave them fifth in the Premier League table.

With the Red Devils out of the FA Cup and given current poor performances they’re not expected to seriously challenge for the Champions League this season, former defender Ferdinand insists a top-four finish must be the focus.

However, he feels the constant turnover of managers and players since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure has seen the Red Devils struggle to find an identity for everyone to buy into.

‘Even Liverpool, those players at that club would’ve felt pressure from [the likes of] Graeme Souness, people that were there before them.’ Ferdinand said on BT Sport before tonight’s match.

‘Unfortunately, you’re judged against history. These guys will be the same, Manchester United of years gone by, what you’ve got to have is a plan, build a structure, a philosophy and go forthwith it.

Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley (Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

‘The problem with Man United, they haven’t had that identity that every player has bought into and we’ve seen the turnover of managers, huge turnovers of players.

‘What they need now is unity, see the five months of the season out and get that fourth-place. Forget winning a trophy, they need to get into the Champions League.’

Ferdinand’s comments came in reaction to Scott McTominay being asked about what would be deemed a successful season this term.

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‘No [top-four isn’t good enough without trophies] for me, no,’ McTominay told BT Sport.

‘That’s the situation we find ourselves in, it’s been a difficult situation this year and you have to take the rough with the smooth sometimes and get on with it and keep pushing every single game.

‘To answer your question, no definitely not. It’s true, the lads always speak about it, we’ve got to keep going to change that.’

United are next in action against Southampton on Saturday.

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